I think this is an important intervention from Jon Rouse. It marks a clear delineation between democratic accountability in a place (vital to achieving public buy in) and the collaboration of public bodies in a place (vital to delivering joined up and efficient services that make sense to the public). If the EU referendum and the General Election told us anything - it was that people don't want to be just done to by the Westminster machine - they want Government to focus on what's important to their lives.  Local places and local public services are best placed to deliver this.