EEF comment on Ed Balls devolution speech

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EEF comments on Ed Balls devolution speech

Commenting on the proposals announced today by the Shadow Chancellor, Ms Lee Hopley, Chief Economist at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, said:

“The Shadow Chancellor is right to talk about the need for growth right across the country, all parties should be setting out how they plan to support better balanced growth of increased exports, investment and productivity in every part of the UK across the next Parliament."

“As political parties across the spectrum develop their response to the demand for English devolution, the capacity of cities and shires to take new responsibilities on will be crucial. Few parts of the country are yet ready to deliver the effective decision-making business will need if devolution is to be a success.”

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