As part of the Tees Valley Devolution Deal, a VCS Economic Growth and Inclusion Working Group was established in March 2016 to provide a route for VCS engagement in developments associated with the Devolution Deal. In addition to infrastructure organisations, such as MVDA and our sister organisations, membership of the group comprises VCOs that are active in each of the five local authority areas as well as representation from other interest groups and those working across the whole of the Tees Valley. In addition to MVDA, the other representatives specifically from Middlesbrough’s VCS are currently David Gee, Boro Angels and Nicky Harkin, Arch North East.
Work to date has included the development of a VCS ‘ask’ of, and 'offer' to, the Tees Valley Combined Authority. The detail of both were the subject of a VCS event in May, with the Working Group now taking this forward.
Principles for Devolution
On 7 September, MVDA attended the Devolution and VCS Summit organised by CFG, Children England, Locality and NAVCA, bringing together representatives from local, regional and national VCOs to share experiences and develop the Principles for Devolution, providing the basis for future discussions and negotiations with government and other stakeholders. The Summit was the start of an ongoing nationwide debate, with the principles that emerged from the day grouped under the headings of: voice and advocacy, financing devolution and public service reform.
The work from the Summit, builds on earlier work by Locality and NAVCA in their publication Devolution for People and Communities.
The main contact at MVDA for our work associated with the devolution is Mark Davis