Devon County Leader re-elected as voice for South West

South West Councils

Posted on: 13 July 2017

Devon County Council Leader, John Hart has been re-elected as the voice of the South West.

He was voted in unopposed as the chairman of South West Councils for a third two-year term.

The organisation represents all 41 county, unitary and district councils stretching from Cornwall to Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

It also includes the local police and fire authorities as well as the national parks.

Mr Hart said: “It’s a tremendous privilege to have been re-elected to chair South West Councils for the third time.

“This region has many issues in common and we need to present a united front to the Government to ensure we do not remain the poor relation when it comes to funding.

“We have worked hard to support the region and been particularly active in lobbying to ensure a fair deal on the funding of social care in the South West.

“We will continue to press the Government on this issue which is the top priority for local authorities in the region.

“We must also stimulate our economy by improving communications with the rest of the country, ensuring fast broadband coverage for our rural areas at an affordable price and promoting greater skills and employment for our young people.

“We need to continue to improve the resilience of our road and rail network.

“We need to improve the supply of affordable housing for our young families who are often priced out of buying a home where they grew up.

“The South West has long been the poor relation when it comes to funding.

“I will continue to work with councils across the region to be a voice for the South West in Westminster and Whitehall and to campaign for a fair deal for local people.”

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