Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Devolved powers 'would save money'

The Manx government should hand more powers back to local authorities, a politician has advised.

Douglas councillor David Ashford said if the government wants to save money it should devolve some of its powers to the commissioners.

Mr Ashford said bodies like the Highways Agency and planning departments should be decentralised.

He said council tax should rise to ensure the local authorities can afford to deal with their new powers.

"The government needs to deal with the big issues and the commissioners should have more power like it is in the UK," he said.

The Isle of Man is still recovering from its financial crisis last year after its budget was slashed by 24% by the former chancellor Alistair Darling who reduced a 400-year-old customs revenue-sharing agreement.

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