Friday 27 January 2017 19.06 GMT
A faster pace of devolution to the capital would provide a blueprint for Britain’s major cities to take control of their destiny, according to a report for the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.
With greater tax-raising powers and the freedom to implement policies to stimulate the local economy without Whitehall interference, London’s politicians would be in a position to show Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool how to prosper following the Brexit vote.
Khan endorsed the findings of the London Finance Commission with a call to ministers to set London free from Whitehall control “because what is good for London is good for the country”.
He said London was uniquely tied to central government funding compared with other capital cities and, unlike them, struggled to develop policies tailored to its own needs without first winning central government approval.
“London has the same population as Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland combined, but we have far less control over how our economy and public services are run,” he said.
“Giving London more control would allow us to manage the current economic uncertainty in the aftermath of the EU referendum, giving London the stronger voice it needs so we can protect jobs, growth and prosperity for the future.”