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Royal Borough council leader calls for devolution in South-east England

Royal Borough council leader calls for devolution in South-east England

Philip Dewey

Council leader Cllr David Burbage

Devolution in South-east England is being called for by the leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

In his role as chairman of South East Strategic Leaders (SESL) Cllr David Burbage (Con, Bray) has made the claim that devolution in the South-east would help to 'quality public services' and could 'deliver far greater returns'.

A manifesto has been released jointly by SESL and South-east England Councils (SEEC) states devolution in the South-east would maximise economic growth in the region, deliver better and more affordable public services, and for a greater share of investment and local taxes.

Cllr Burbage said: "If devolution is right for Scotland and for Wales, it must be right for the South-east with our more powerful economy and greater number of residents.

"This is not just about equality, it's about making sound business decisions to maximise UK PLC success and secure quality public services.

"Our councils are some of the most trusted, efficient and innovative authorities in the country – strengthen our leadership and we will deliver excellent, more cost effective public services."   

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