Support for Hampshire devolution from Havant MP Alan Mak

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AN MP has backed the county’s plans to become a ‘southern powerhouse’.

Havant MP Alan Mak has pledged to support Hampshire’s bid for more devolved powers, which is hoped will boost jobs and economic growth.

Following a meeting with Councillor Roy Perry, leader of Hampshire County Council, Mr Mak said the county could become a ‘southern powerhouse’ and added: ‘Havant’s economy is strong and we have exciting regeneration and growth plans, for example the redevelopment of Market Parade and Dunsbury Hill Farm.

‘Devolution of power and tax receipts from Whitehall to Havant and Hampshire would give us more local control over our future, boost economic growth leading to higher living standards.

‘That’s why I am backing Hampshire’s devolution bid, which Roy and his colleagues have worked very hard on.’

It focuses on four key areas – boosting business and skills for work, accelerating housing delivery, investing in infrastructure and transforming public services.

The bid asks for full devolution of business rates allowing councils to keep the rates it collects from local businesses rather than them going to the Treasury.