This afternoon, as part of the Spring Budget, the Chancellor announced a Memorandum of Understanding on further devolution to London. As part of the agreement, London Government – the boroughs and the Mayor – will receive additional responsibilities over transport, health, criminal justice, skills and employment support.
Commenting on the new agreement, Claire Kober, Chair of London Councils, said:
‘This Memorandum of Understanding is a clear sign of confidence in London local government to deliver real improvements in public services.
‘It also signals another step towards London being able to take more control over its own destiny, including moves to retain more business rates grown locally.
‘London Government has a track record of working together to deliver for the city. We are delighted that we will now be able to use this agreement as a springboard to enhance our plans to improve the lives of Londoners.
‘Alongside Greater Manchester, the West Midlands and other regions of the country, the capital is proud to be at the forefront of devolution. As we’ve long argued, this promises local people the power to set out a new path for delivering both economic growth and excellent public services in the context of a continued squeeze on public finances.
‘However, despite today’s positive news, we believe that there is more room for further transfer of power to both London and cities across the UK, and we will continue to argue the need for Government to properly fund public services.’