A new ICE poll conducted by ComRes highlights the appetite for devolution of some powers in England from central to local government.
The survey found that:
- Two in five English adults say that devolution of powers from central government in Westminster to local areas is likely to have a positive impact on local services – double the proportion who say negative (38% v 17%).
- There is general positive sentiment towards devolution in England, and local people voting on devolution, however attitudes are more divided towards linking devolution to elected Mayors.
- The impact of devolution is broadly seen to be positive; English adults are almost twice as likely to disagree as agree that devolution will make local services less efficient (47% v 26%).
- A majority of English adults say that bus franchising and decisions on which bus company should provide a bus service should be made by local government (76% v 14%).