Mike Steventon, Regional Chairman for KPMG in the Midlands, comments on the lack of concrete announcements on Midlands devolution.
“It is disappointing that today’s Budget has seen no firm commitments on devolution within the Midlands just days after the naming of the West Midlands Combined Authority, although a nod was given to the ‘strong and coherent plans’ produced. Allowing people to make decisions on what affects them locally can only be a positive step forward and one we’ve been working towards within our region for some time. Such a move would have the power to positively impact on the economic growth of the region, not just through increased control over funding and decision making, but by harnessing the wealth of experience, understanding and passion of those living and working here.
“The subtext behind the lack of precise commitments seems to be that the stumbling block is a lack of elected mayor, although the clear positive for our region is that those discussions have already begun. Therefore, we must keep the lines of communication open and continue to demonstrate we are capable of taking on more responsibility and power over our region, speaking with one voice and working effectively together. By taking this approach, we can prove the Government can trust our region to make the decisions that are right for us.”
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Frances Shennan, KPMG Corporate Communications
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