Published: 2nd Jul 2019

The former deputy prime minister Lord Heseltine has called for England’s metro mayors to be given more powers to delivering housing skills and jobs. In a report published today (2 July), entitled Empowering English Cities, Lord Heseltine concludes that while there was great progress in transferring powers and money away from Westminster in the past, devolution has stalled in recent years, partly because of Brexit. In order to remedy this, he argues that combined authorities should take on responsibility for affordable housing, school performance and employment in their respective areas. He also calls for more capital funding for transport, skills and housing to be devolved from Whitehall and the creation of a new government department for the English regions. The former deputy prime minister also argues that combined authorities with metro mayors be given the powers to raise local taxes, including local road tax, airport passenger duty and tourism taxes. … (To read the full article, subscribe below)