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Budget 2017: Further devolution for London

Words: Laura Edgar

Chancellor Philip Hammond says an agreement has been reached between the UK Government and the Greater London Authority (GLA) on joint working to address congestion and infrastructure funding.

The Memorandum of Understanding will see the government, the GLA, and London Councils – a think tank that represents the capital’s boroughs – working together to explore the benefits of, as well as scope for, locally delivered criminal justice services and action to tackle congestion.

There will also be discussions about a task force to explore piloting a new approach to funding infrastructure, according to the Budget document. A statement from the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, says that the pilot, Development Rights Auction Model, would provide funding for future projects, “allowing them to be built quicker and with less reliance on government funding”.

The agreement also commits to exploring options for devolving greater powers and flexibilities on business rates and greater influence over careers services and employment services.

The government will also discuss transport funding with Greater Manchester, and a Midlands Engine strategy will be published tomorrow (9 March).

The document also reveals that the UK Government continues to “make good progress” towards city deals for Edinburgh and Swansea and is working with local partners and the Scottish and Welsh Governments respectively to achieve them.

The Budget 2017 can be found here (pdf).

Hammond’s speech can be found here.

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