Full respect to George Freeman MP who is quoted as calling for a ‘messianic crusade to decentralise power’ in a Financial Times article this week.
He is right. If government wants to tackle the real issue behind the talk of ‘taking back control’ it needs to make a strong move towards decentralisation. Devolution to elected mayors is a good start. Next free up more budget so that regions and cities can invest in joined-up solutions that reduce pressure on NHS by improving quality of care.
This in turn is helped by an imaginative approach to council house building. Not just More units, but communities of flexible housing which promote independent living and neighbourhood support.