July 3, 2015

THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE:

Osborne's devolution plans signal English revolution (Sarah Neville, Jim Pickard, Chris Tighe and Andy Bounds, 7/03/15, Financial Times)

George Osborne will next week signal a sweeping transfer of powers to the regions, from Cornwall to Yorkshire, presaging the biggest shake-up for decades in the way England is run.

The chancellor will use his Budget speech to maintain momentum from last year's devolution of powers to Manchester, as he aims to redraw the boundaries of the historically centralised UK state, the Financial Times understands.

Cornwall is in discussions over gaining powers to shape its own economic destiny, with sway over transport, energy and housing, according to people involved in the talks. This breaks new ground, extending the devolution agenda for the first time to one of Britain's most rural counties.





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