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Last edited 15 Feb 2018
State of the nation: Devolution
On 30 June 2016, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) published their flagship policy report State of the Nation 2016: Devolution. The report assesses the performance of the UK's energy, transport, flooding, water and waste networks, and recommends actions needed to deliver improvements.
- An improved understanding of local needs.
- A better scale to deliver services integration.
- Sustainability of environment and quality of life.
The report sets out a number of steps ICE believe are necessary to ensure devolution has a positive impact on local, regional and national infrastructure networks, focusing on the themes of enabling devolution, infrastructure delivery and effective outcomes.
The key findings of the report are:
- Central government should provide advice on the devolution submission process in England to ensure effective outcomes.
- Authorities seeking a devolution deal should demonstrate a clear model for leadership and accountability.
- Regional strategies should be developed to identify infrastructure need, ensuring the devolution of infrastructure policy in England is most effective.
- Appropriate approaches to identify infrastructure need should be developed in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and London.
- Regional infrastructure pipelines should be developed to identify upcoming projects and provide foresight on skills requirements.
- Devolution settlements should ensure combined authorities provide a joined-up approach to skills needed to deliver future infrastructure.
- Devolution settlements should include access to flexible but prudential approaches to attracting investment for infrastructure.
- Future devolution agreements should include funding provision for digital infrastructure to enable a collaborative approach to systems management that benefits service users.
- Systems approaches should be central to regional infrastructure strategies to ensure infrastructure networks are integrated and resilient.
- Devolution agreements should prioritise improving quality of life and the environment alongside driving economic growth .
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