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Devolution: what it means for health and social care in England

Devolution of powers and funds from central to local government has emerged as one of this government’s flagship policies. Along with powers over housing, skills and transport, the 'Devo Manc' deal between the Treasury and Greater Manchester paves the way for the councils and NHS in Greater Manchester to take control of the region’s £6 billion health and social care budget.

Ahead of further devolution deals expected to be announced as part of the Spending Review 2015, this briefing describes the origins of the devolution agenda and charts its progress in relation to health and social care. Before drawing some broad conclusions, the penultimate section explores some of the key policy and implementation questions that remain unresolved.