In response to the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill being granted Royal Assent, Alexandra Jones, Chief Executive of Centre for Cities said:
“The granting of Royal Assent for this Act is a critical milestone in the devolving of substantial powers to city-regions across the country.
“In the short-term, it will enable the devolution deals already agreed for Greater Manchester, Sheffield city-region, Merseyside, the North East, the West Midlands and Tees Valley to be delivered in the coming year. It will also allow for the finalising of similar deals with other city-regions across the county.
“But the passing of the Bill should be the beginning of the devolution process, not the end. Over the longer-term city-regions will want to build on the progress made so far, and emulate their international peers, by taking on greater control over, and responsibility for, money raised and spent in their area.”
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