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Councils Taking Lead in Tackling Local Effects of Recession

Magazine article Public Finance

Councils Taking Lead in Tackling Local Effects of Recession

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Town halls are using newly devolved powers to help residents and businesses deal with the economic slowdown, council leaders have said.

The Regional Economic Council, part of the economic recovery package announced by the prime minister in October, also held Its first meeting on November 5 to ensure that the concerns raised by individual regions were heard at the national level.

Business Secretary Lord Handelson, who co-chairs the council with Chancellor Alistair Darling, said the council would ensure that regional concerns were 'properly understood and responded to by government'.

Local Government Association chair Margaret Eaton said local authorities were at the centre of helping people, businesses and other groups through tough economic times.

'Councils are using new powers passed down from central government and making things better for local people as a result. This drive to localism must continue if we are to protect people from the worst effects of an economic slowdown and make rapid progress towards recovery. …

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