Key Cities response to Spring Budget

Cllr Paul Watson, Chair of the Key Cities Group responds to the Spring Budget.

“I was pleased to see extra money for technical education, where we’ve lagged behind the rest of the world for too long. As Key Cities has argued, major investment in skills will be necessary to boost our productivity and create new opportunities for all parts of the country, as envisaged in the Government’s industrial strategy paper.

“While there are some lukewarm commitments to devolution in today’s proposals, cities across the country will join me in setting out their desire for the Government to continue their journey to empowering local authorities. The challenges we face to spread inclusive growth and mend the divisions in our country require bolder action. I would urge the Chancellor to think again ahead of the Autumn Budget and seize the opportunity to rebalance our economy to benefit all the UK’s communities.”