Hi, Barney from NAVCA. Devolution is obviously not getting down to communities yet – but this obviously has to be our aim. Communities and neighbourhoods are going to be at different stages of readiness to take advantage of devolution. How do we ensure that double devolution is not just for the most ready and able neighbourhoods?
A good point, for a number of reasons the process to secure a Combined Authority for Gloucestershire has been progressed at a fast pace and at a very strategic level. The key stage for me is that ,subject to approval by Government, we need to consult on a wider basis and that means engaging and consulting with our communities to a grass roots level. This will enable a total understanding of Devolution and then how can we maximise the strength and contribution of our communities. This will take time ,the Devolution bid and approval should be seen as the start of a journey and we will have many months to engage before a combined authority is fully functional .