Published: 20th Dec 2019

The newly-elected Conservative government has promised to increase the number of metro mayors, as part of the Queen’s Speech. The Queen Speech unveiled a raft of new measures and reiterated several others made by Boris Johnson’s administration before the general election, including a commitment to publish a devolution white paper. According to the government’s full briefing document, the white paper will include plans for spending and local growth funding. ‘It will provide further information on our plans for full devolution across England, levelling up powers between Mayoral Combined Authorities, increasing the number of mayors and doing more devolution deals,’ the document states. ‘These increased powers and funding will mean more local democratic responsibility and accountability. ‘We want to expand the benefits of devolution across England and put more trust in local people to choose what is best for their communities,’ it adds. Ministers also confirmed plans to bring forward new … (To read the full article, subscribe below)