The Review of Intergovernmental Relations

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written statement – made on 13th January 2022.

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Photo of Michael Gove Michael Gove Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Minister for Intergovernmental Relations

Today the UK government has published an update on how the UK government and the devolved administrations intend to conduct formal intergovernmental relations with each other. All four governments have agreed to work under these new arrangements. I will be depositing the Review of Intergovernmental Relations in both House libraries.

The Review of Intergovernmental Relations, developed jointly by all four governments, provides an up-to-date and fit-for-purpose system, introducing new structures for more regular, formal intergovernmental engagement and new processes to increase impartiality and to avoid, resolve and, where necessary, escalate disputes. It is a commitment to a cooperative spirit and to constructive collaboration with the devolved administrations, through more transparent and accountable arrangements, and will be to the benefit of citizens in every part of the UK.