Published: 2nd Oct 2019

England’s directly-elected mayors have called for more powers to be transferred down from Westminster, following the announcement of a new White Paper. The M9 group of metro mayors has welcomed the announcement made by the Chancellor earlier this week at the Conservative Party conference of an upcoming White Paper on devolution. Speaking at the conference, Sajid Javid said it would give local areas ‘more local powers to drive investments in the infrastructure and services they know they need’. The group has called on government to use the White Paper to transfer responsibilities, accountability and resources away from Westminster. Alongside a devolution White Paper, mayors also called on government to take a place-based approach to the 2020 Spending Review, ensuring devolution is an underpinning principle of long-term spending plans for the country. West Midlands mayor Andy Street said the value of devolution is ‘there for all to see’. ‘In the West … (To read the full article, subscribe below)