Magazine article Public Finance

MPs Call for More Devolved Transport Funding

Magazine article Public Finance

MPs Call for More Devolved Transport Funding

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Town hall leaders have backed MPs' calls for more funding and financial powers to be devolved to councils to help strengthen major cities' transport infrastructure.

The All-Party Urban Development Group this week published a report criticising Whitehall's micro-management and bureaucracy, which it said was stifling new investment.

The report, Loosening the leash, published on February 26, called on the forthcoming Lyons Inquiry and Comprehensive Spending Review to devolve powers to local authorities.

Clive Betts, who chairs the group, said: 'Britain's cities are being held back by our centralised funding system. Government needs to empower city leaders to take more of their own decisions'

David Sparks, chair of the Local Government Association's Transport and Regeneration Board, welcomed the report, saying opinion-formers were echoing the LGAs argument that councils were best placed to make local decisions. …

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