‘Push for fiscal devo to survive’

By Heather Jameson | 21 June 2016

Local government must keep pushing for more fiscal devolution to survive financially, according to a leading combined authority chief executive.

Speaking exclusively to The MJ, West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) chief executive Martin Reeves said 100% retention of business rates did not go far enough.

He said: ‘The truth is what we’ve got is some decentralisation and some functional devolution. We have got that significant revenue flow which arguably is some level of financial devolution, but what you need for long-term public service reform and long-term economic uplift is proper fiscal devolution.

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