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Decentralisation isn’t popular, so why give power away?

The case for farming spending decisions out to regions and cities could have cynical roots, but there are positive arguments for doing so

By Emran Mian  

Politicians are feeling bullish about the prospects of major cities, including Birmingham (pictured). © Luke Byfield

There goes the power, and the money too. Westminster is having a decentralisation moment. A report by Lord Adonis for Labour, endorsed by Ed Miliband, proposes sending down as much as £30bn from the centre to more local institutions. The Coalition has already made a number of City Deals and the Chancellor raised the prospect of city mayors…

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