Growth is an important part of the Autumn Statement challenge for the Chancellor but the influential counties felt snubbed because growth fund allocations are heading towards cities and metro mayors. This is one of many areas where counties , the heartland of Tory England feel snubbed and marginalised by a Conservative Government. There remains strong opposition to mayors in the counties and its not easy to see where compromise will be reached. It will be interesting to see how the Autumn Statement balances competing interests and how Surrey MP and Chancellor Phillip Hammond balances the interest of those councils such as his own home county Surrey and the city regions
Areas without mayoral devolution deals claim they are being discriminated against in local growth fund allocations after a minister said regions with mayors would get the “main share” of the cash.Local enterprise partnerships were invited to bid to the £1.8bn fund for projects to drive growth and create jobs last March. The County Councils Network said indicative allocations to county-based LEPs “have fallen well short of expectations” with bids arbitrarily rejected.