The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, told local government his door was open for more devolution as part of the Autumn Statement announced in Parliament today.
Fiscal and political devolution must come hand in hand, The Infrastructure Forum has said in its Autumn Statement submission.
Government plans to hand extra powers to Manchester under a directly-elected metro-mayor could open the floodgates to devolution in other cities and counties.
Around four-in-five people living in England support the devolution of more powers to local areas, pollsters have discovered.
Leeds and Sheffield are likely to join Manchester in gaining greater control of local spending within weeks as the UK government presses ahead with English devolution. Both city regions are likely to receive more powers over transport, skills, business support and housebuilding before Decembers Autumn Statement.
The Government has said it hopes Manchester will be the first of many cities to win greater devolution of powers after reaching an historic settlement.
Giving UK cities more powers and financial autonomy could boost the economy by up to £79bn a year, the independent City Growth Commission has found.
Chief secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, has signalled his willingness to devolve a raft of property taxes to London – it has emerged.
The Local Government Associations (LGA) municipal bonds agency will help local authorities secure funding more easily and cheaply, new research suggested.
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