Labour in 'regional economic powerhouse' call

Ed Miliband wants local councils to work together to create "regional economic powerhouse" to combat the "vast" wealth inequalities between different parts of the UK.

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Labour will 'give control of business rates to councils'

Labour will give control of business rates to local councils so they can collect the revenue themselves, rather than it being redistributed from the current central pool, Ed Miliband is expected to announce.

In his speech, the Labour leader will say:

The next Labour government will ensure city and county regions, like this powerhouse economy in Leeds, get control of business rates revenue so that any extra money raised here ... can be invested here.

I know the next Labour government cannot solve every problem by pulling levers in Whitehall.

We can only do it by working with, harnessing the energy, the ideas and the dynamism of great businesses, cities, county regions.

– Ed Miliband

Miliband calls for 'regional economic powerhouses'

Leading figures in the Labour party will call on local councils across England to work together to create "regional economic powerhouses" in a bid to smooth out the "vast" wealth inequalities in the UK.

Ed Miliband pointed to Greater Manchester council as a template for his "regional powerhouse" idea. Credit: PA

In his speech in the northern city of Leeds, Ed Miliband will urge local authorities to mimic the system used in Greater Manchester, where numerous councils combine to former a super-council.

The embattled Labour leader hopes this technique of governance will help tackle entrenched problems of poor skills, infrastructure and economic development.

Miliband's call for a de-centralising of power to the regions comes from a series of recommendations made by the former Labour transport secretary Lord Adonis.

Adonis said his aim was to promote "a smarter, not a more expensive, state".

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