Time to sign the Devo Deal

Last week’s budget turned out to be an explosive affair for national politics, so it’s understandable that one announcement might have been overlooked, but for us in the West of England, it carried real significance. The Chancellor said that our area would benefit from a deal which would deliver several elements: around a billion pounds to pay for infrastructure which will boost economic growth, multi-year transport budgets enabling the area to deliver more ambitious transport projects with greater certainty, responsibility for the new Adult Education Budget from 2018/19 helping to ensure adult skills provision meets the needs of local businesses and learners and enhanced powers to speed up

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