Baroness Valentine calls for power in the regions

Baroness Jo Valentine, chief executive of London First, has said that devolution would improve Yorkshire’s [and by implication all the other regions of England] economic prospects and that English cities should have more powers to set their own spending priorities.

Yorkshire Post, Business, Page: 1 – With thanks to the LGiU for digging this out.

Yes I know, it has been Liberal and Lib Dem policy for years but the way it has been gone about is the problem under the current and indeed previous Governments. Take Merseyside where the new Combined Authority in no way represents the travel to work area of Liverpool. Oddly though Greater Manchester has always been just about right despite long held arguments over where Derbyshire’s High Peak should sit i.e. in Greater Manchester as opposed to it being outside.

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