Heather Jameson 30 September 2019

Javid promises devolution White Paper

A new White Paper to more powers to local areas was announced in the Chancellor’s speech to the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester today.

Chancellor Sajid Javid said the Government must deliver Brexit and move on to ‘heal the divisions in our society’.

The former communities secretary told delegates at the conference: ‘Bringing our country together also means rebalancing our economy… that’s why the first big policy decision of this government was to support the development of the Northern Powerhouse Rail.

‘And we know it’s no good just decreeing from on high what local areas need. Too many people already feel power is distant to them – be it in Brussels or Westminster.

‘So I can announce today we will bring forward a White Paper on further devolution in England. Giving more local areas more powers.’

Director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, Henri Murison, said: ‘We need further devolution in England and the White Paper announced by the Chancellor is to be welcomed, particularly if it extends to taking more control of existing local spending from Whitehall, as well as retaining taxes raised locally and allowing areas to capture the additional revenues their investments generate.

‘As well as taking democratic control, we need to better fund local transport services so that we can get more people to higher paid jobs. Investment passed directly to Mayors and Combined Authorities is the way to make this work.’

 Mr Javid told the conference he would set a new target for the National Living Wage, raising it to two-thirds of median earnings in the next five years. On current forecasts, it would bring the wage up to £10.50 an hour.

He claimed he would bring in a ‘new infrastructure revolution’ with a Roads Investment Strategy to be launched soon, a National Bus Strategy next year and £5bn for full-fibre broadband.

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Officer - Highways/Streetworks

Oxfordshire County Council
£25,419 - £28,226
Do you want to improve Oxfordshire's highways to make them better for residents, business, and visitors? Oxfordshire
Recuriter: Oxfordshire County Council

Senior Project Manager

Leicestershire County Council
£47,523 - £52,402
The role of this post is to oversee the project management, development and implementation of the County Council's Major Transport Projects. Leicester, Leicestershire
Recuriter: Leicestershire County Council

Senior Media Officer

Northumberland County Council
£33,558
Building strong communities, transforming lives and delivering value for money – just a snapshot of our current priorities. Leicester, Leicestershire
Recuriter: Northumberland County Council

Performance and Information Service Manager

Blaby District Council
£38,553 - £41,591
We are proud of our Council and, truly aspire to Blaby District being a great place in which to Live, Work and Visit. Blaby, Leicester
Recuriter: Blaby District Council

Team Leader - Data Management

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
£34,131 to £41,361
We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to join our Pensions Shared Service. Wandsworth, London (Greater)
Recuriter: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.