Local government

City region pilots

The Chancellor announced in the Pre-Budget Report that the Government intends to announce new 'MAA plus' agreements with at least two forerunner city-regions at Budget 2009. This will deliver even stronger integration of planning, housing, transport, regeneration, employment and skills responsibilities. New statutory arrangements for co-operation between local authorities will underpin this with key support from RDAs. The following areas will potentially be devolved:

  • increased statutory responsibility for strategic transport issues
  • a¬†joint city-region/HCA board to direct housing and regeneration priorities
  • formal powers for Employment and Skills Boards to influence provision
  • integrated city-region planning with the Single Regional Strategy
  • addition financial flexibility over capital funding.

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