Day: 21 September 2015

Devolution from central government is set to happen across England but not in Shropshire

Amid all the gloom about funding cuts, there is a sense of excitement in the air around local government about new powers being promised by ministers. Communities minister Greg Clark is an advocate of devolution of powers from central government, as is George Osborne. At first, it was thought that this project would just apply to the big cities – Manchester has led the way taking on responsibility for transport, housing, health and social care. It was also expected that devolution would only apply to areas with elected mayors but the House of Lords amended the Devolution Bill to removed this condition. Cornwall broke the mould by getting powers devolved to a rural county without a mayor. The list of bidders to the government for devolved powers has now been published. It is no surprise that Sheffield and Liverpool are in there. Telford and Wrekin has also submitted a bid. And Worcestershire, Herefordshire, and Cheshire and Warrington. Our county is surrounded by bidders. But our county leaders didn’t bid, either in collaboration with a neighbour or on its own. This shows the lack of vision of the current administration in Shirehall. It is obsessed by the mantra of cut, cut,…

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