Local leaders welcome Chancellor’s devolution speech

Published 14th May 2015 at 3:09pm

Sheffield City Region leaders have today welcomed the Chancellor’s plans to give City Regions in England greater power over local decisions that impact on jobs and economic growth.

James Newman, Chairman of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, said:

“I support today’s announcement from the Chancellor about plans to devolve further powers to City Regions in England.

“Business leaders across Sheffield City Region believe that greater control over local decisions is needed to grow businesses more quickly and create better jobs.

“I sincerely hope that the benefits of devolution will not be delayed or diluted as a result of any changes to governance arrangements or distract from the important task of delivering our plan for growth. I am confident that our local authority partners will work with Government to take control over those important activities that impact our economy.”

Sir Stephen Houghton, Chairman of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority, said:

“We welcome today’s announcement from Government, it is right that it is giving more power to local areas over jobs and growth. This is not devolution for its own sake – it is about improving our economy and creating more, better jobs.

“Government has been clear that it wants a single point of accountability. Our Combined Authority is meeting tomorrow and we will have an informal discussion there.

“Previously, local leaders have agreed that we’re up for further conversations, but how far we are willing to go will depend on how much Government is willing to give.”

Please see link below to the Chancellor’s speech:

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/chancellor-on-building-a-northern-powerhouse

 

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