More boldness from politicians needed on devolution to our localities

Posted on 7 July 2014 (Permalink)

Graham supported the letter written by Boris Johnson, Sir Richard Leese and Jules Pipe on devolution in the Telegraph. You can read the article below: 

Letters to the Editor

SIR – We welcome the recent speech from the Chancellor, George Osborne(leading article, July 2), and the conclusions of Lord Adonis's Growth Report recognising how crucial the devolution of power to English cities is to the growth of our economy. However, politicians need to be bolder in order to achieve this growth and to deliver much–needed jobs in all of England's cities.

We are already campaigning for greater local control of taxes raised in cities to enable them to invest and drive the national economy, specifically through the devolution of property taxes. This reform would provide cities with the means and incentives to expand their economies, and crucially would be cost–neutral to the Treasury, at least in the first year.

The era of bold civic leadership associated with the 19th and early 20th century was defined by even greater autonomy than that outlined in our proposals. We therefore urge politicians to grant to our cities the fiscal autonomy that we believe is appropriate for the 21st century.

Boris Johnson Mayor of London

Sir Richard Leese Leader of Manchester City Council and Chairman, Core Cities Group

Jules Pipe Chairman, London Councils