Oxfordshire County Council leader on £4bn investment bid

He said: “The government has made clear that vital investment in local areas – particularly in roads and transport – has to be linked to economic growth. They also require public bodies including councils to work together. By working together, there is an opportunity to take control of more than £3bn of money spent in Oxfordshire so that we can plan and manage growth in the best way for Oxfordshire.

"The expression of interest sent to government is the start of a process that could lead to greater democratic over public spending in Oxfordshire, including skills training and health services. Oxfordshire already has a strong economy but if we are to continue to create  good jobs and opportunities for future generations we cannot stand still. The county council is committed to working with local partners to shape that future, and I am encouraged that we have jointly agreed this expression of interest.”