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The LGA is calling for powers to be devolved locally.

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Key messages

The LGA has long argued for more powers to be devolved to local government. The Government's Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill is a positive step as it will give combined authorities the range of powers they need to create jobs, build homes, strengthen healthy communities and protect the vulnerable.

There is no "one-size-fits-all" solution to the stronger local governance arrangements that may be needed where significant new responsibilities are devolved. Historically a top-down approach has not worked and several cities rejected elected mayors during referenda. The LGA wants to work with the Government to identify alternatives to elected mayors.

Alongside legislative change, fiscal devolution is also required, carefully planned and with proper consideration of fair funding. Meaningful devolution should include multi-year finance settlements, full retention of business rates growth, and powers to set rates and discounts.