LGA responds to Devolution APPG inquiry into Levelling Up White Paper

“Now the new Prime Minister is taking office, it is vital that the Government recommits to its plans to empower our communities and roll out devolution across England as quickly as possible."


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Commenting on the publication of the All Party Parliamentary Group’s for Devolution’s report, urging the Government to provide greater powers to communities to make choices that are best for them, Cllr Kevin Bentley, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s People and Places Board said:

“As this report acknowledges, there is an urgent need to turbo charge the speed at which we are devolving powers to local areas.

“Now the new Prime Minister is taking office, it is vital that the Government recommits to its plans to empower our communities and roll out devolution across England as quickly as possible.

“This includes continuing to provide areas with more powers to deliver improved transport systems, create local employment opportunities and attract economic investment in their communities.

“Turning levelling up from a political slogan to a reality will only be achieved if councils have the powers and funding they need to address regional inequality, tackle concentrations of deprivation and make towns and communities across England attractive places to live, work and visit.”