Funding boost: Government to roll out ‘city deals’ following successful Greater Manchester trial

By Dean Wilkins

English cities will be given a raft of new powers and increased funding as Nick Clegg announced new deals following initial plans for Greater Manchester and Liverpool.

The Deputy Prime Minister will reveal plans to transfer more economic control to localised politicians in the country’s biggest cities today in Yorkshire.

The new scheme, named city deals, will extend to Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield as the government reflects off Greater Manchester’s trial.

Hilary Benn, shadow communities and local government secretary, said: “Labour strongly supports local communities being given more powers – indeed I have been calling for this for some time.

“These city deals represent an important victory for local people and local government. And many people think that local government will do a better job at looking after their local economies and boosting skills than the Tory-led government is doing nationally.

“But, if this is the right thing to do for our core cities, then what about the rest of England? What we now need is a clear commitment that local authorities in all parts of England – including other cities, counties and districts – will be given the same opportunity to come together and take back power in the interests of the communities they represent.”

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