Districts warn over infrastructure funding squeeze

While half (47 per cent) of districts are considering being part of a combined authority, just as many (48 per cent) wanted to see responsibility for economic development be devolved to a district level.

The research also showed that Whitehall’s failure to fully devolve funding was a concern for 54 per cent of those surveyed and that investment interventions by districts had resulted in job creation in 92 per cent of authorities.

Cllr Neil Clarke, chairman of the DCN, said: “District councils are determined to bring the fruits of devolution to non-metropolitan parts of England and work with partners to pull the levers of growth and opportunity for the people, places and businesses for which we are responsible.

“To do so effectively, however, obstacles to growth must be overcome, including the shortage of infrastructure funding, Whitehall’s control over the purse strings for growth schemes and landbanking by developers.”

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