City deal success for Leicestershire & Leicester

The Government wants regions outside London to have more responsibility to do things their own way. Under the city deal scheme, certain powers, such as the ability to set and spend budgets, are devolved from central government to local authorities in a bid to increase growth.

For bids to have been successful, each area must have demonstrated a strong plan to increase jobs and drive industry.  The deals will be negotiated in the course of this year.