'City devolution' to be outlined by Labour leader Ed Miliband

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LABOUR is today expected to promise the “biggest devolution of power in 100 years” if they win the next election.

Ed Miliband will kick-start a race to be the “party of devolution” by doubling the funding pot for local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) in Hampshire and other areas to “at least £20 billion” over the next parliament.

In a major speech, the Labour leader will say ministers have largely “ignored”

Lord Heseltine’s radical call for England’s towns and cities to have real muscle.

And he will pledge to pick up that baton – giving LEPs both far more money and far greater powers than the Coalition, starting within months of Labour winning power.

LEPs would – if they “met strict tests” – bid for a £4 billion annual pot of Whitehall cash, instead of the £2 billion currently being made available, from next year.

And they would also run back-to-work schemes, apprenticeships programmes and large-scale house building projects – all powers not currently on offer – as well as transport funding.

Mr Miliband is expected to say: “This Government had an opportunity to make a difference.

“Michael Heseltine’s review called for a massive devolution of funding from Whitehall to the cities. But David Cameron and George Osborne allocated just £2 billion.

“The best report this Government has produced has been the one that they have most ignored. We can and must do a lot better than that.”

Mr Miliband will unveil the “interim conclusions” of a “growth review” carried out by Lord Adonis, the former Labour Transport Secretary.

And he will pledge: “Cities and towns that agree to come together with local businesses, to plan for their economic future, will be given historic new powers over funding for infrastructure, skills and economic development.”

However, the first “strict test” is forming a “combined authority”, something already carried out in Greater Manchester, Merseyside and West Yorkshire.

It would require the leaders of Southampton City Council and Hampshire’s other 11 town halls to join forces, by working together formally.

They will also need to show they have drawn up viable devolution plans, jointly with the business-led LEP and local universities, to be ready by early 2016.

Mr Miliband and shadow chancellor Ed Balls have written to all councils, universities and LEPs, urging them to “prepare plans” urgently.

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9:45am Tue 8 Apr 14

boilerman says...

All this devolution talk is a sham as this country has given away it's power to the EU.
Why is it the main three parties treat the public as if we are all idiots?
All this devolution talk is a sham as this country has given away it's power to the EU. Why is it the main three parties treat the public as if we are all idiots? boilerman
  • Score: 7

10:31am Tue 8 Apr 14

aldermoorboy says...

Vote Labour and put us back to the stone age
Vote Labour and put us back to the stone age aldermoorboy
  • Score: -2

10:40am Tue 8 Apr 14

RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE says...

Why can’t this guy with his party find a deep hole and throw them selves in it !!!!
This country is a shambles after what the last labour government has done to it, the Tories by all accounts are trying there hardest in fixing the mess Labour has left behind.
My mind boggles when you hear people having a go at the conservatives when they are getting this country back on track.
The only whingers are the ones who are on benefits, and find there benefits are being cut !!!
Why can’t this guy with his party find a deep hole and throw them selves in it !!!! This country is a shambles after what the last labour government has done to it, the Tories by all accounts are trying there hardest in fixing the mess Labour has left behind. My mind boggles when you hear people having a go at the conservatives when they are getting this country back on track. The only whingers are the ones who are on benefits, and find there benefits are being cut !!! RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE
  • Score: 2

10:41am Tue 8 Apr 14

IronLady2010 says...

I got as far as 'if they win the next election' then decided it was never going to happen.
I got as far as 'if they win the next election' then decided it was never going to happen. IronLady2010
  • Score: -5

10:43am Tue 8 Apr 14

freefinker says...

boilerman wrote:
All this devolution talk is a sham as this country has given away it's power to the EU.
Why is it the main three parties treat the public as if we are all idiots?
.. er, largely because they are.
Does not the rise of UKIP prove this?
[quote][p][bold]boilerman[/bold] wrote: All this devolution talk is a sham as this country has given away it's power to the EU. Why is it the main three parties treat the public as if we are all idiots?[/p][/quote].. er, largely because they are. Does not the rise of UKIP prove this? freefinker
  • Score: 8

12:00pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Charlie Bucket says...

RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE wrote:
Why can’t this guy with his party find a deep hole and throw them selves in it !!!!
This country is a shambles after what the last labour government has done to it, the Tories by all accounts are trying there hardest in fixing the mess Labour has left behind.
My mind boggles when you hear people having a go at the conservatives when they are getting this country back on track.
The only whingers are the ones who are on benefits, and find there benefits are being cut !!!
Sounds like you're whingeing, to me.
[quote][p][bold]RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE[/bold] wrote: Why can’t this guy with his party find a deep hole and throw them selves in it !!!! This country is a shambles after what the last labour government has done to it, the Tories by all accounts are trying there hardest in fixing the mess Labour has left behind. My mind boggles when you hear people having a go at the conservatives when they are getting this country back on track. The only whingers are the ones who are on benefits, and find there benefits are being cut !!![/p][/quote]Sounds like you're whingeing, to me. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 2

12:01pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Charlie Bucket says...

freefinker wrote:
boilerman wrote:
All this devolution talk is a sham as this country has given away it's power to the EU.
Why is it the main three parties treat the public as if we are all idiots?
.. er, largely because they are.
Does not the rise of UKIP prove this?
Sadly, this is true. People, generally, are idiots. Individual persons, perhaps not, but as a group, people tend to be utter simpletons.
[quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]boilerman[/bold] wrote: All this devolution talk is a sham as this country has given away it's power to the EU. Why is it the main three parties treat the public as if we are all idiots?[/p][/quote].. er, largely because they are. Does not the rise of UKIP prove this?[/p][/quote]Sadly, this is true. People, generally, are idiots. Individual persons, perhaps not, but as a group, people tend to be utter simpletons. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 0

2:36pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Lone Ranger. says...

aldermoorboy wrote:
Vote Labour and put us back to the stone age
Well with you and your other Dinosaur Tory posters i would imagine that you would all feel at home ..........
[quote][p][bold]aldermoorboy[/bold] wrote: Vote Labour and put us back to the stone age[/p][/quote]Well with you and your other Dinosaur Tory posters i would imagine that you would all feel at home .......... Lone Ranger.
  • Score: -2

12:43am Wed 9 Apr 14

Torchie1 says...

Charlie Bucket wrote:
freefinker wrote:
boilerman wrote:
All this devolution talk is a sham as this country has given away it's power to the EU.
Why is it the main three parties treat the public as if we are all idiots?
.. er, largely because they are.
Does not the rise of UKIP prove this?
Sadly, this is true. People, generally, are idiots. Individual persons, perhaps not, but as a group, people tend to be utter simpletons.
That's the tricky part about democracy, you give a man a vote but unless he agrees with you then he's an idiot. I believe Stalin would welcome you in to his cabal.
[quote][p][bold]Charlie Bucket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]boilerman[/bold] wrote: All this devolution talk is a sham as this country has given away it's power to the EU. Why is it the main three parties treat the public as if we are all idiots?[/p][/quote].. er, largely because they are. Does not the rise of UKIP prove this?[/p][/quote]Sadly, this is true. People, generally, are idiots. Individual persons, perhaps not, but as a group, people tend to be utter simpletons.[/p][/quote]That's the tricky part about democracy, you give a man a vote but unless he agrees with you then he's an idiot. I believe Stalin would welcome you in to his cabal. Torchie1
  • Score: 5

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