Local Government Powers

Housing, Communities and Local Government – in the House of Commons on 11th January 2021.

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Photo of John Lamont John Lamont Conservative, Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk

What steps he is taking to deliver more powers to local government bodies.

Photo of Luke Hall Luke Hall Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

We are committed to levelling up across the United Kingdom by devolving directly to local areas, which understand the needs in their community and are best placed to take decisions over investments to drive economic growth and deliver services for their communities. From May this year, 41% of people in England will be living in areas with directly elected regional mayors, and we intend to bring forward the devolution and local recovery White Paper in due course.

Photo of John Lamont John Lamont Conservative, Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk

I welcome the answer from the Minister. It is important that local government has the powers to deliver quality services, but unfortunately in Scotland the SNP Scottish Government have been grabbing powers back from local authorities for years. Does the Minister agree that we need to see Governments of all levels working together to ensure that British people get access to the services they deserve?

Photo of Luke Hall Luke Hall Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

My hon. Friend is absolutely right that devolution should be about delivering services that work for local people, which is why we are committed to devolution. We will need, at all levels of government across the country, to work together to achieve that and the best possible services for residents. We intend to bring forward the devolution and local recovery White Paper in due course, which will detail how we will partner with places across the UK to build a sustainable recovery. I can absolutely assure him that this Conservative Government will continue to set the pace on devolution.