Conservative’s decentralisation plan



In an article in today’s Guardian, David Cameron outlined a series of measures on the reform of local government. He says the Tories would hold referendums in the 12 largest cities outside London, including Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester and Newcastle, to allow voters to decide on directly elected mayors; give local people the power to veto high councils tax rises; and create an incentive for local authorities to build more housing by allowing them to keep a greater proportion of tax receipts from new homes.