I believe that empowering councils to play their full part as leaders of place will streamline resources, reduce bureaucracy, boost productivity, and support levelling up.
The Government’s proposals for devolution give councils extra responsibilities. But will not impose a one-size-fits-all approach.
Giving people greater confidence to return to our high streets is a vital part of the recovery effort.
The focus has been on the vulnerable – the elderly, the lonely, and getting homeless people off the streets and into secure accommodation.
I am grateful to the Government for responding to our financial concerns. It’s meant that help has reached those who need it most.
There was a really good vibe at Party Conference – especially at lots of outstanding fringe events discussing how to give local communities greater powers.
An English Devolution Bill is needed to reignite the process of devolving widespread powers and funding to local areas across the whole country.