Responding to the Government's announcement on city deals, Councillor Peter Box, Chair of the LGA's Economy and Transport Board, said:
"This announcement of six new city deals is very positive and indicates the success council leaders have had in their discussions with ministers.
"Along with previous deals for Liverpool and Manchester, these will give cities more power to bring in investment, boost the skills of local workers and crucially create new jobs.
"Town hall leaders now want to see progress from the Government on confirming the next round of city deals – in addition to ‘local growth deals' for counties and other places seeking them.
"The LGA stands ready to assist in helping push out local growth deals around the country and recognises the significant value they can play in boosting growth locally."
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5 July 2012