The discussions currently taking place between local authorities and Whitehall will shape the way public services are commissioned and delivered for decades to come. This in turn will influence the quality of life for millions of citizens across England. With such talks set to continue over the coming months and years, it is important to gain not only a greater understanding of their nature thus far, but also to show how both sides – central and local – can derive the maximum benefit from this historic opportunity. By shedding light on the current round of talks and proffering suggestions to those in central and local government, this report by Grant Thornton and Localis is intended to help guide this process.

Making devolution work: A practical guide for local leaders (October 2015)