Devolution seems to be less of a powerhouse and more of a pushbike. There were some useful announcements for London and some minor other announcements. I wonder whether a Conservative Chancellor with a Surrey constituency would trumpet City deals in Scotland ( which he did) if he had some meaty devolution news. Of course all is not lost and we must recognise that the Chancellor has to deal with a lot of challenges including a somewhat oddly constituted group of " deficit deniers" in his own party. Maybe not surprising that Devolution is on the backburner.
What wasn’t in chancellor Philip Hammond’s autumn statement is turning out in some ways to be more interesting than what was in it. While not completely omitted from the autumn statement in the way social care was, devolution was far from the centrepiece either. Some low-key announcements and loose commitments in relation to London, Greater Manchester, and the West Midlands aside, there were no new devolution deals for Mr Hammond to trumpet.