September 20, 2014
Will Somerset get greater devolved powers following Scottish vote?

Somerset County Council's leader has joined calls for devolved powers for regions of England following this week's independence referendum in Scotland.

Cllr John Osman says it is important that rural areas like Somerset – and not just cities – are given a greater say over their own affairs and a fairer funding arrangement.

Cllr Osman told "I’m very pleased to hear Scotland has chosen to remain part of the UK, and I’m particularly pleased to hear the Prime Minister talk about giving all the regions more powers."

"I truly hope this includes rural areas like Somerset. We have suffered from chronic underfunding and have been ignored for far too long."

He added: "I hope this is the first step towards greater powers and fairer funding for Somerset, and I will be working hard to make sure our voice is heard."

Although Scotland voted to reject independence, they were promised increased devolution of powers.

Prime Minster David Cameron said: "Just as Scotland will have more power over their affairs, it follows England, Wales and N Ireland must have a bigger say over theirs."


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