Reacting to the select committee's report on the SRB, John Harman, chair of the associations' urban policy group, said:
'The committee has recommended that the government offices in the regions should consult on regional priorities and ministers should implement this quickly. It will make the SRB less of a lottery and more of a strategic tool.
'But it is disappointing to see that the committee rejected the idea that local authorities should set up SRB co-ordinating groups with other organisations. The proposal would have led to more decisions being taken locally. But the committee is right to press for regional offices to be more open about their priorities.