Proposals set by Centre for Cities for a local government reform could see the Staffordshire moorlands grouped with Stoke on Trent and Newcastle under Lyme.
The proposed area would become Greater Stoke and run by a central local authority, while Staffordshire would become East Staffordshire, which would see Stafford and Cannock Chase all under one authority.
Centre for Cities is a research and policy institute, dedicated to improving the economic success of UK cities and says the geographical splits will better reflect the economy
In its 2019 general election manifesto, the Conservative Party committed to publishing a devolution white paper setting out how it intends to hand power down from Whitehall to local government in England as part of its efforts to level up the economy. This builds on the large strides that have been made in the last decade that have seen devolution to some of the country’s largest cities, and this to would be extended to the whole of England.