Government devolves powers to English cities
Fri 06 Jul 2012
The coalition government has announced plans to devolve more power to the UK's largest cities in a bid to give them more economic autonomy and create jobs for regional centres.
In a move announced by deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and cities minister Greg Clark, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield and Manchester have been given more power to drive local economic growth and make strategic spending decisions.
This follows on from a consultation in December where these cities - the eight biggest in the UK apart from London - were asked to set out the devolved abilities they felt would allow them to expand.
Mr Clegg described the new project as a "groundbreaking" shift in power from Whitehall to the "economic powerhouses" these cities represent.
The deputy prime minister said everybody in these "eight core cities will feel the benefits", including young people looking for jobs and businesses that are hoping to expand.
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