Search

Town Hall bosses demand bigger voice over Whitehall handouts

PUBLISHED: 15:10 20 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:42 05 October 2010

TOWN Hall bosses in London are urging the Government to give them a bigger say in handing out Whitehall cash to small businesses. London Councils, which lobbies on behalf of local authorities, has called for more action to promote enterprise in disadvantaged areas like the East End as the credit crunch begins to bite

TOWN Hall bosses across London are urging the Government to give them a bigger say in handing out Whitehall cash to small businesses.

London Councils, which lobbies on behalf of local authorities, has called for more action to promote enterprise in disadvantaged areas like the East End as the credit crunch begins to bite.

It wants more people to “feel the benefit of regeneration” and believes local authorities should be given more influence on how Government money is targeted.

“We want to make sure all Londoners benefit from the capital’s economy,” said Stuart Fraser, the organisation’s member for economic development.

“The London boroughs are calling for more influence over where investment is targeted to make sure it provides the greatest return for communities.

“They are best placed to coordinate efforts to boost local economies and avoid duplication of services.”

He wants “more support offered to entrepreneurs starting up businesses, especially in disadvantaged neighbourhoods.”

Regeneration is a way to attract new companies and their workforces to move into and revitalise whole areas, he believes.

London Councils has published research showing how Town Hall departments and other agencies can help the unemployed develop skills and find jobs.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists