Transport for the North can now set its own priorities and make its own plans – but Westminster must devolve more powers to allow it to reach its full potential.
Posts Tagged: Regionalism
Little was achieved beyond inter-authority squabbling over priorities and endless consultants’ reports. The Local Enterprise Partnerships are much better.
Expertise in this are is key to successful localism and devolution and improving our prosperity, productivity and competitiveness.
The fourth article in a five-piece series by the author on how Britain must prepare for March 31 2019 – and has less than 600 days to get it right.
Capping the value of land adjacent to a new motorway, and recouping a charge from those who develop it, would help fund essential new roads.
More powers for Andy Street in the West Midlands should just be the start.
Prospects for the economy 2) Andy Silvester: The fundamentals are strong. But confidence is in shorter supply.
Doomsday predictions remain overblown, but the real, specific concerns of business are worth listening to nonetheless.
They provide much better value for money than Labour’s unwieldy Regional Development Agencies managed.
The former fear that it will revive what they believe are business-unfriendly ideas about foreign takeovers and workers on boards.
Downing Street can win votes in the regions without resorting to Blair’s pork-barrel spending.
Local Enterprise Partnerships have shown how business can prompt local authorities to speed up decision making.
Brexit will allow us to decide on our own regional policy.
Simon Parker: Brexit wasn’t just about control. It was about people being left behind by the London elite
The focus on leaving the EU needs to be balanced by a powerful new Department for Growth, with a mandate to devolve power and drive up regional prosperity.
It’s about what they contribute – and take from – the public finances.
David Kirkby: The National Living Wage could undermine the Northern Powerhouse – so let’s vary it by region
There are negative possibilities for the supply of jobs, positive ones for productivity – and a lot of variation across sections.