With our own North of Tyne devolution deal moving steadily closer to completion, perhaps we should take note of an article on the voluntary Sector Network this week that comments on how the voluntary and community sector has been left out of consultation in other parts of England.

“Local charities are being shut out of devolution planning in England, voluntary sector leaders have warned after a survey found that only one in 20 grassroots groups believed they had been consulted on the process in their area.

“Failure to involve the local third sector means that emerging “devo” practices risk missing the opportunity to draw on the sector’s reach into communities and to make new structures fully representative.  The warning comes in response to the third annual survey by Localgiving, the leading UK network for local charities and community groups.”  

Keep up to date on the North of Tyne devolution deal here.