Magazine article Public Finance

Counties 'Need More Devo Deal Details'

Magazine article Public Finance

Counties 'Need More Devo Deal Details'

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The forthcoming Spending Review needs to provide more details on how devolution of powers to councils will be spread across the country, a senior local government figure has said.

Following the passage of the deadline for authorities to submit their devolution bids, County Councils Network chair Paul Carter told Public Finance that all upper-tier authorities were working on devolution plans.

However, he added that some, such his own authority of Kent, had not issued final bids by the 5 September deadline to avoid rushing the plans.

Kent's proposals should be ready by January, and Carter called for more information on how devolution deals - which have so far mainly been reached with combined authorities in city regions such as Greater Manchester - will happen elsewhere.

He said that 5 September was primarily a cut-off for authorities that wanted to develop plans based on the combined authority and elected mayor model favoured for cities, although some counties are also among the 38 submissions [see box]. …

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