Devolution in England is seeing powers and funding being redistributed from national government to local areas and regions. 

For the VCSE, devolution presents an opportunity to ensure that local people and communities are fully engaged in this large scale transfer of decision making. 

The North West is the region that is seeing devolution happening fastest with full implementation of devolved health and care in Greater Manchester in April 2016, a growth deal in the Liverpool City Region and consultation on a Lancashire Combined Authority. Our regional partner organisation VSNW (Voluntary Sector North West) is working to ensure that the sector plays a leading role across the region. Find out more on VSNW's devolution page.

Regional Voices is providing co-ordination of Strategic Partner work to support the VCSE to engage more effectively with the devolution agenda, linked closely with learning from devolution in Manchester, including work to develop a Memorandum of Understanding with the sector. We recognise that devolution is taking many different forms across England and our work will reflect both major urban metropolitan areas as well as predominantly rural sub regions. 

In 2016/17 we are working through our regional networks to ensure there is effective VCSE engagement in the devolution agenda in the North West and working in the West Midlands to enable the sector to engage with health and social care priorities in the Combined Authority area. 

Resources and Links

Developing Devolution With Our Communities (PDF) - VSNW publication (2016) on realising the potential of decentralisation through the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. 

Principles for Devolution (PDF) - set of principles agreed at the national 'Devolution and the Voluntary Sector' summit in September 2016 around Voice and Advocacy, Financing Devolution and Public Service Reform, September 2016. 

Local Government Association DevoNext Resources Hub - Local Government Association hub on everything you need to know about devolution for local government. Includes Overviews, Tools, Resources and Governance sections.  

Devolution in the North West

VSNW devolution page - all the latest information from our North West delivery partner on devolution activity in their area.

Greater Manchester VCSE Devolution Reference Group - details of the group that promotes the role and involvement of the VCSE sector and communities in devolution.  

Greater Manchester Combined Authority Health and Social Care - website of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership - the body made up of the 37 NHS organisations and councils in the city region, which is overseeing devolution and taking charge of the £6bn health and social care budget.

Devolution in the West Midlands

West Midlands Civil Society Forum - open forum of networks and organisations from across the West Midlands working to inform, support and enable the West Midlands Combined Authority to develops its engagement and economic platform. RAWM provides the secretariat. 

Mayor for the West Midlands Combined Authority - briefing and consultation response by the West Midlands Civil Society Forum and the West Midlands Voluntary and Community Sector to the consultation Mayoral Powers and Functions consultation, August 2016. 

West Midlands Combined Authority - website of the West Midlands Combined Authority - the seventeen local authorities and three Local Enterprise Partnerships working together to move powers from Whitehall to the West Midlands.

Devolution in London

London Health and Care Devolution - web page hosted by LVSC which summarises health and care devolution progress in London including the devolution areas piloting health and care integration (Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge; Hackney; and Lewisham). 

Devolution in the North East 

North East Devolution - web page hosted by VONNE which summarises devolution progress in the region under the North East Combined Authority and Tees Valley Combined Authority