The key points to emerge from the event were:
- There needs to be party political consensus – creating better services in neighbourhoods is not a matter of party political controversy.
- Local authorities need to be in charge, and members should not feel threatened by this process.
- Engagement with issues at the neighbourhood level offers the possibility of a significant new role for many backbench councillors.
- Devolving services through neighbourhood management should be a first priority; changes in local governance structures can follow.
- Strong leadership is needed in reconciling local opinion to unpopular decisions.
- Roll-out of neighbourhood devolution needs to be city-wide so that benefits are clear to all.