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The impact of the Conservative manifesto on local government

13 May 2015

Devolution is a key feature of the Conservative manifesto in respect of local government, where far reaching powers will be granted over economy, transport and social care to larger cities with elected mayors. This is a positive step towards local autonomy but what about all the smaller authorities?

They are being offered very little, with just a handful of proposals – these include being given a 10% stake in any public sector land sales in their area. There is also to be a pilot scheme, where some councils can keep 100% of the growth in business rates – what that equates to financially is another matter.

The Conservatives are giving more central powers away but it is not across the board – will this unequal treatment have repercussions in the future? Potentially. It may be the intention to see how larger cities manage the responsibility and then roll it out across all authorities, but Mr Cameron has not made his ultimate objective clear.

For further information on devolution please see our report.

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