In July 2012, HM Government announced a series of deals negotiated with each of England’s core cities. These deals are designed to devolve powers and support projects that will “boost growth and jobs for the long term.”
These deals recognise that centralised decision-making can be a barrier to making growth happen locally, and will interest anyone with a stake in economic development: business leaders, elected councillors and economic development professionals.
But why stop at cities? Evidence presented in Essex County Council's City Limits highlights that county areas have as much to contribute to the local and national economy as England’s cities.
It suggests that county areas should be given the same powers, freedoms and flexibilities to support economic growth and drive Britain’s economic recovery.
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