Responding to today’s Conservative policy paper, ‘Returning Power to Local Communities’, Kevin Hoctor, policy adviser at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said: 

“We broadly support these measures for greater devolution of power to ensure that decisions are made at the appropriate level.  

“In the current economic downturn it is even more important that local councils and businesses are given the flexibility to work together effectively to enable local areas to survive and improve.

“Greater local economic incentives for councils and businesses are important ideas and sensible reform of regional arrangements in some areas may well be warranted.”