Woman on a panel talking at a meeting

New report highlights a successful UK devolved relationship

Publication of the first ever Intergovernmental Relations Annual Report demonstrated successful collaboration and cooperation with the devolved administrations across the UK.

Covering the year of 2021, the reported showed that devolved cooperation was essential to successful government action on the Covid-19 pandemic, introducing levelling up as a core aspect of the national agenda through city and growth deals, and bringing in action on climate change to a global stage through COP26 and ambitious targets.

According to the report, there were more than 440 ministerial meetings between the UK Government and the devolved administrations held during 2021.

This was then further supported by extensive daily engagement between civil servants across the different governments, as the UK Government worked closely with counterparts within the Scottish Government, Welsh Government and Northern Ireland Executive.

As part of a commitment to transparency, the UK Government is to publish reports on engagement between the governments on a quarterly basis, with the reports publicly available.

Secretary of State for Levelling Up and Minister for Intergovernmental Relations, Michael Gove, said: “Regular, meaningful and sustained joint working between the UK and devolved governments over the last twelve months has delivered for people across the whole United Kingdom. 

“We faced the Covid-19 pandemic together, co-operating on a world-leading vaccination roll-out which benefitted people in every corner of the UK. At COP26 in Glasgow, we stood as one in our determination to set ambitious climate change goals which will protect our planet for the future. 

“While we do not always agree, we have shown in the most challenging of times that we can put our differences aside and work together in the interests of the people we serve.”

Prepared by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, the new Intergovernmental Relations Annual Report is the latest step in further increasing that transparency of intergovernmental affairs, and follows a landmark agreement published earlier this year between the UK Government and devolved governments which established new ways of working.

There has also been the establishment of inter-ministerial steering groups and official-level working groups by the Intergovernmental Relations Review.

These groups will meet regularly throughout the year, with the first – chaired by Mr Gove – meeting last week to discuss the global political situation and levelling up.

This new structure has also seen a new mechanism introduced for avoiding, escalating and resolving disputes, supported by joint secretariats and based upon consensus.

Public Sector Executive will be delving into the UK levelling up debate at an upcoming virtual event. Register your interest here

Cost of living crisis

PSE Jan/Dec 22

Cost of living crisis

Our December/January 2022 edition of PSE brings you expert comment and analysis on a range of key public sector topics, from levelling up to decarbonisation and the funding crisis. Learn how we can protect our public services, or read Cllr David Renard's discussion on how Local and central government are working together to support local needs, alongside so much more…

Videos...

View all videos
#PSE365: Public Sector Levelling up

Be A Part Of It!

PSE365: Public SectorLevelling up Virtual Event | 17 Nov 2022

PSE has created a full calendar of events to address the most important issues that influence the delivery of public sector services. 

Over 365 days you’ll have the opportunity to hear from a range of highly motivating, informative and inspirational speakers. These speakers will equip you with knowledge and unique insight to enable you to overcome the challenges that you face.

Upcoming Webinar

Webinar: Driving sustainability & value through technology end-of-life

End-of-life is often overlooked yet is equally as important to a digital strategy, but what happens to end-of-life technology? What is the impact on the environment, net zero targets? What is the financial impact, is value for money for the taxpayer simply discarded and destroyed along with the technology?
 

Join us on 13 September between 2:00pm-2:45pm where we look to address the lifecycle of a digital strategy with a focus on end-of-life using examples, achieving efficiency, increased sustainability and delivering cost savings.


Guest Panellists:

Adam Turner, Head of Government and Public Sector Sustainable ICT and Digital, DEFRA
Ben Levin, Senior Manager, Technology Assesment and Criteria Development, Global Electronics Council
Fredrik Forslund, Vice President, Enterprise & Cloud Erasure Solutions, Blancco
Ben Tongue, Digital Net Zero Lead, NHS England

More articles...

View all