We need regional forms of governance in England


A few days ago this piece of news appeared in the online BBC account and it was clearly very important to protect the Devon and Cornwall region as well as to act as a guidance to the rest of our nation where people who would love to spend the second half of August in either of the two Counties to be aware of the likely challenge. However the fact that it was the Devon and Cornwall Police that were announcing this demonstrated that what is missing in their region and indeed throughout the English nation is a series of regional groups of MPs and Council Leaders along with other public sector leaders to work together to ensure that if the Police, Fire and Rescue, NHS or indeed any other organisations become aware of challenges that they can rely on support and indeed demands set out by the local MPs and Councils to make decisions that the Government is obliged to pay attention to. A few weeks ago when Boris Johnson told the nation that they needed to visit coastal settings we had the dispute between Peter Kyle and Johnson regarding the need to protect Brighton and Hove. Yet the Brighton and Hove City Council along with the Sussex Police were all grateful that Peter Kyle had raised his concerns back then in Parliament as they had been calling for the same sort of response in their settings. Another challenge emerged a fortnight ago when the weekend that is the Pride weekend was thought could have created challenges for our city. Thankfully only around 25% of the people who might have come arrived and so although it was a very busy weekend, the city was a great deal safer than the Council and Police had anticipated. Clearly in every part of England, the way in which a region or area would best work together will be different. However any issues that impact or are caused by Brighton and Hove will have a linkage to Mid Sussex and Crawley in terms of the transport routes and indeed the resources that need to be sent to one part of Sussex will have a impact on the other parts of Sussex. It would make sense for residents across an area such as Cornwall and Devon to be informed by their MPs and Councils as well as their Police. The same is true in Sussex. While Police structures are not perfect, they would be a good starting point for the creation of a series of sub regional assemblies of MPs and Council leaders to explore how best to work together. This would help to strengthen the statements currently made by Councils or Police and it would increase the prospect of MPs in Parliament being able to express views that are not just judged to be personal or based on their party politics. Indeed it would increase the prospects of the political parties to learn from groups of MPs coming from the same parts of the nation.

About ianchisnall

I am passionate about the need for public policies to be made accessible to everyone, especially those who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am particularly interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as health services and strategic planning.
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