Labour could push for more “super-councils” in East Anglia

Labour peer Andrew Adonis Labour peer Andrew Adonis

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
12:13 PM

East Anglian local authorities could be encouraged to join forces to create “super councils” under Labour plans to take more spending decisions away from Whitehall.

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Labour peer Lord Adonis, who will unveil a growth report today which will feature in Labour’s manifesto for the next election, also wants to scale back the number of local enterprise partnerships, which currently stands at 39.

While district and county councils will not be forced to become combined authorities, those that do will be given extra power to spend business rates generated by growth in the area.

The combined authorities would follow a model in Greater Manchester, where ten councils have joined forces to become Greater Manchester.

Under Labour plans some £30 billion would be handed down to combined authorities, existing councils and LEPs from Government departments.

Lord Adonis said county-wide combined authorities could take hold in rural areas, adding that Labour wanted to see “a new generation of really strong civic leaders, who have real power in their city and county regions”.

A series of other proposals, including 25% of all government contracts going to small businesses, will also be included, while recommendations such as creating more technical colleges will be considered.

The New Anglia local enterprise partnership covers Norfolk and Suffolk, Greater Cambridge-Greater Peterborough includes Cambridgeshire and a portion of west Norfolk, while the South East Local Enterprise Partnership covers Essex.

Lord Adonis will say today: “My overriding aim is to promote a smarter, not a more expensive, state. We need to build on the best of Britain and be optimistic that the best is yet to come.”

7 comments

  • This has enormous potential for the city.The population of the travel to work area in and around the city will soon be 400,000.Norwich has the opportunity to join the top 20 cities in the country.The silly notion of elected mayors after many cities rejected them 2 years ago still doesn't answer the problem of too much power in the hands of one man or woman.

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    Peter Watson

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • Norfolk County Council are not fit for purpose. There is no way the incom.petent au.thority should be given any further responsibilities, po.wer or public money. If a super council is to be created look to com.petent people from the district councils who are able to do the job so much better than the of.ficers, and most members, within county hall.

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    Canary Boy

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • Norfolk County Council are not fit for purpose. There is no way the incompetent authority should be given any further responsibilities, power or public money!!! If a super council is to be created look to competent people from the district councils who are able to do the job so much better than the officers, and most members, within county hall.

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    Canary Boy

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • Milecross still dillusionary ...... have you forgotten the bankers' role in all this. So easy to blame politicians. Where Labour was truly at fault is allowing the banks virtual unfettered freedom which led to the crash just as in the 1930s. Still, at least you aren't blaming immigration which makes a welcome change.

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    Sportswagon

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • To create a smarter and not more expensive state? Well there won't be any room for socialism or Labour, both of them have always cost everybody a fortune. Saying that NCC cost everybody a fortune and that was all the parties.

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    Sweet cheeks

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • What a joke The labour party talking finances . There should be a public inquiry into the finances of the last labour government and their wreckless spending

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    milecross

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • Let's hope we don't end up like Greater Manchester....

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    Andy T

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

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