Work closely with the devolved parliaments and authorities
Last updated: 09:50pm 3 December 2019
Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.32
We will work closely with the Northern Ireland Executive, the Scottish and Welsh governments, and the new devolved authorities in England, for the benefit of all our people – but that will not be the limit of our actions in the four nations.
Devolution is the process of decentralisation of powers and administrative functions from central government to states, regions and cities. Most notably, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland were granted devolved status in 1998, and recently received additional powers under the Scotland Act 2016 and the Wales Act 2017. This is a pledge to work closely with these devolved administrations.
Since the general election, the government has promoted talks and set out the legal framework to reinstate the Northern Ireland Executive, a regional government; in Wales, the government brought forward a Northern Wales Growth Deal, and infrastructure investment, including scrapping tolls on the Severn Bridge; in Scotland, the government authorised a Borderlands Growth Deal and promoted wind power in remote islands; throughout the Brexit negotiations, the government worked closely with devolved administrations, reaching agreements on a potential deal with Wales and Northern Ireland; in England, the government has continued to support the adoption of elected mayors for combined authorities.
And much, much more. See the veritable library full of “Related Policies” below.
We have lots of evidence that the government has worked closely with the devolved parliaments and authorities. This policy is ‘done’.
Fancy some background on the evolution of devolution?
- The Independent guide to the UK constitution: The Union – The Independent
- Has devolution worked? – Institute for Government
- Investigation into devolved funding – National Audit Office
- Devolution to local government in England – Parliament.uk
- Maintain a strong and stable Union
- Maintain devolution
- Help secure the sustainability of the Scottish economy
- Continue investment in capital and infrastructure projects in Scotland
- Work with the devolved administrations to deliver common legal frameworks
- Bring forward a Borderlands Growth Deal
- Protect the interests of Scottish farmers and fishermen
- Promote Scottish exports around the world
- Make Welsh businesses central to our new trade and export policies
- Modernise the railway infrastructure across Wales
- Invest to improve Welsh infrastructure
- Explore ways to harness Welsh natural resources
- Foster opportunities between cities in Wales and the rest of the UK
- Work with the Welsh Government to encourage further cross-border working
- Bring forward a North Wales Growth Deal
- rotect the interest of Welsh farmers in our new UK farming policy
- Continue to Support the S4C
- Work to re-establish a Northern Ireland executive as early as possible
- Maintain principles of democracy and consent for Northern Ireland’s future
- Strengthen the economy in Northern Ireland
- Devolve Corporation Tax powers to the [Northern Ireland] executive
- Seek to ensure Northern Ireland’s interests are protected after Brexit
- Support the Police Service of Northern Ireland and other agencies
- Continue to work for the full implementation of the 2014 Stormont House and 2015 Fresh Start Agreements
- Reject attempts to legitimise terrorism in Northern Ireland
- Create a UK Shared Prosperity Fund
- Deliver sustainable growth from the Shared Prosperity Fund
- Ensure the Shared Prosperity Fund is cheap to administer
- Ensure the Shared Prosperity Fund is low in bureacracy
- Ensure the Shared Prosperity Fund is targeted where it is needed most
- Consult widely on the design of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund
- Make partnerships and combined authorities co-ordinate local industrial strategies
- Fund growth via combined authorities and local enterprise partnerships
- Support the adoption of elected mayors for combined authorities in cities
- Support local growth through combined authorities, mayoralties and local enterprise partnerships
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