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Across the country, councils are joining up to create new combined authorities – new organisations which will be given additional powers and resources by the government, especially if they are prepared to accept an elected mayor.
LGC has conducted in depth research by speaking to local politicians and council officers to find out the current position in each area. But the title sought a novel way of using mapping software to show what the situation is around the country in a single map.
Visitors can use LGCplus.com’s devo map to see the membership of combined authorities, whether a date has been set for a mayoral election and the total population of the area. There are also a links through to stories that the LGC has written about the selected area.
The map also identifies the stage of each area’s devolution bid and shows whether it is a ‘restructuring hotspot’, indicating whether the boundaries of the councils themselves could be redrawn.
“The advent of the Northern Powerhouse and the devolution of power to councils represents the most exciting sea change in England’s governance in recent times.
“LGC has already conducted ground-breaking research to show what is happening in each area but we needed a new way of presenting our work online so LGCplus users get an easy understanding of how devolution is panning out.
“Our aim was to display the boundaries and membership of new combined authorities and at the same time reveal the areas which are seeing the biggest disputes. By using interactive mapping software from InstantAtlas, the LGC devolution map can be easily altered in-house as debates about combined authorities develop.
“I’m pleased to say the map is the most comprehensive source of information available about the state of devolution around the country.”
Nick Golding, editor,
Local Government Chronicle
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