Why counties can deliver the cash

By Philip Atkins | 02 August 2017
  • Philip Atkins

While the Government’s legislative programme over the next two years has caused some concern within the local government sector over the lack of sector-specific bills, one key policy has survived the summer: the Industrial Strategy. It is crucial for the country’s post-Brexit fortunes, hence its retention. As we begin to adjust to a life soon outside the EU, it is vitally important to get it right.

When it was first announced, the County Councils’ Network (CCN) was supportive, particularly as the rhetoric pointed towards a more inclusive economy. The focus on growth in all four corners of England was not only welcome but essential. However, the promise did not quite match with what was set out in the paper; with proposals having a city-based focus.

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