Mark Whitehead 20 September 2019

Council chiefs call for devolution process to be ‘reignited’

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The Government must 'reignite the devolution process' to give all parts of England more powers and funding, council leaders have demanded.

The Local Government Association says the issues facing communities and local services must be top of the legislative agenda.

A forthcoming Queen’s Speech should herald a move towards more devolution which would improve services such as housing, transport, and health and social care.

The association has set out plans for how the Queen’s Speech, currently planned for October 14, could be used to 'release the Government’s centralised grip of budgets and spending priorities across England'.

It would be underpinned by an English Devolution Bill that would hand widespread powers and funding to local areas across the whole country.

LGA chairman James Jamieson said: 'The next Queen’s Speech is of huge importance to councils and our communities.

'The radical legislative programme we have set out today would give councils across the country the freedoms needed to help solve some of the biggest problems facing the nation, by creating more school spaces, building more homes, boosting economic growth, improving our roads and equipping people with the skills they need to succeed.'

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