Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, responding to the announcement of the appointment of a Minister for Cities, has reiterated her call for the Government to back Labour’s plans to extend economic powers to England’s cities. Labour has also proposed to boost the Regional Growth Fund by an extra £200 million through a repeat of the bankers’ bonus tax.
Caroline Flint said:
“The Tory-led Government has no plan for growth. Cities don’t need another ministerial group, they need real action now to allow them to drive economic growth and create jobs. Even the Government’s own newly-appointed adviser on cities supports Labour’s plans to devolve economic powers to all of England’s cities – not just London.
“Unless ministers get behind Labour’s plans the appointment of a Minister for Cities is just an empty gesture.
"The Tory-led Government have also denied regions outside London access to leftover Regional Development Agency assets and funds. The Government must be clear that local areas, not just London, should be given proper control of the future of old RDA assets.”