25th Feb – Local Government in a Devolved UK

25th February 2010 – 3.30 for 4.00pm until 7.00pm

31 Jewry Street

Speakers:

Professor Stanley Henig, Senior Research Fellow, Federal Trust

Professor George Jones, Emeritus Professor of Government, London School of Economics

Dr Andrew Blick, Federal Trust

London apart, there are no devolved regional authorities in England. Local authorities are, and are likely to remain for the foreseeable future, the only operating tier of governance in England below Westminster. It seems appropriate therefore to look at the role, purpose, structure and finance of local government. Should local authorities be no more than an agent for Westminster/Whitehall? Or might a codified British constitution offer a new basis?