Budget 2017: Devolution not dead but is it deep enough?

“Today the Chancellor spoke of ‘a Conservative Government giving power back to the people of Britain’. It is encouraging to see that devolution is not dead and the new £1.7bn Transforming Cities Fund is a welcome announcement, but the Government needs to go much further. Power and funding must be driven all the way down to communities so that local people can be part of the solution in helping tackle the decline in local economies and entrenched regional inequalities.”

“In short, a good start, but if it fails to seize this obvious opportunity for local people to have a stake in improving their own lives and neighbourhoods, the Government is missing a trick”

Vidhya Alakeson, Chief Executive, Power to Change



Power to Change is an independent trust, whose funding is used to strengthen community businesses across England. At a time when many parts of the UK face cuts, neglect and social problems, we are helping local people come together to take control, and make sure their local areas survive and stay vibrant.

We recently launched three new funding programmes to support a total of 15 English wards, cities and regions, many of which have fallen behind the rest of the country in economic growth, with a total investment of up to £40 million.

– The Empowering Places programme, worth up to £10million over the next five years

– Our Cities and Rural programme, worth up to £30million over the next five years

– Our partnership with M&S on its Plan A 2025, worth up to £1million over the next two years

Find out more about our work in places here.