New IEA paper on devolution

Slicing up the public sector: A radical proposal for devolutionby Tom Packer and Matthew Sinclair, outlines the benefits to be had from devolving power away from Westminster and providing local authorities with greater autonomy over raising revenue as well as spending it. Writing on the key themes in the paper, Tom Packer featured in CityAM and Matthew Sinclair appeared on ConservativeHome. To read the publication in full, click here and to read the press release, click here. 



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By Kristian Niemietz, 30th Mar 2015 (3 comments)

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