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Local direction by local leaders to boost local economies & services 

At least £60bn of central government spending should be devolved to local areas over the next 5 years, council leaders urge.  The Local Government Association said cities & county areas across the country are set to meet the preliminary devolution deadline and submit deals to the Chancellor.  Local areas are calling for greater local powers & funding for skills, housing, transport and health & social care.

It argues that taking decisions closer to where people live can achieve ‘up to £20bn in potential public sector savings as well as creating at least £80 billion in economic growth and 700,000 new jobs’.  The LGA's fully-costed White Paper 'English Devolution: Local solutions for a successful nation' outlines the benefits of devolution across all parts of England

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LGA:  Deadline day should spark £60bn devolution deals

'Spending Smarter: A Shared Commitment'

'English Devolution: Local solutions for a successful nation'

CLG:  Landmark devolution bids submitted from right across the country

North of England to ‘forge’ development of new industries

Cornwall to be first county to gain historic new powers

Boost for south west business as enterprise zone confirmed

Greg Clark meets with Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire to discuss devolution of powers

NAO:  Devolving responsibilities to cities in England: Wave 1 City Deals

Secretary of State and councils to push forward with City Deal

Chancellor on building a Northern Powerhouse

Growth Deals gain momentum: firing up local economies

Landmark £1.2bn Glasgow & Clyde Valley City Deal signed

Government must tackle the ‘English Question’ and devolve financial powers in England

Local economic growth spending targets face significant challenge

City Deals for Coventry, Norwich, the Black Country and Cambridge

Lords Heseltine and Shipley appointed to negotiate Local Growth Deals

£950m City Deal to create thousands of new jobs in Southampton and Portsmouth

North needs control over skills funding

Committee argues power & finance must go together if local government is to meet needs of local people

White Paper - Continuity and confidence: how to accelerate the delivery of digital citizen services