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24
Mar

Greater Manchester devolution – have your say

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After almost 18 months of agreements, negotiations and press releases, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority has published the plans for devolution (in bureaucratese, a ‘Governance Review and Scheme’). This means that we have our first proper look at the planned powers of the Greater Manchester mayor and their Cabinet. In planning, housing and regeneration, the […]

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24
Mar

Northern Powerhouse update – is Osborne finally putting his money where his mouth is?

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Yesterday, the Treasury published its new National Infrastructure Delivery Plan , which outlines, in one document, plans to support large-scale housing and regeneration, as well as investment in new schools, hospitals, and prisons in the UK. Within this, Mr Osborne has been keen to re-emphasise the Government’s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse. Since the announcement […]

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24
Mar

Where’s the deal for Leeds?

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Despite dedicating a section of his Budget to devolution, there was no mention from George Osborne about any deal for Leeds. The devolution agenda has managed to bridge party lines in many areas, especially between the Conservative government and Labour-run local authorities, but politics now appears to be hindering progress on a devolution deal which […]

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16
Mar

A Budget for the North?

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The Northern Powerhouse is now an integral part of the political lexicon, much talked about among the national and local media. That is, perhaps, phase one of the scheme complete. But now people are asking for more than just brand awareness: they want to know what the Government actually plans to do. Thankfully, we’ve just […]

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11
Mar

Can a mayor make transport better?

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Yesterday we attended the launch of the new IPPR North report, Connecting Lines – How Devolving Transport Policy can Transform our Cities. The event itself focused on the issue of what metro mayors can do to tackle the challenges cities face, and some interesting issues were raised. Tony Lloyd and Sean Anstee, the interim Mayor […]

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09
Mar

Transport for the North Spring Report

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Transport for the North (TfN) published its Spring Report this week and, on first reading, it all seems much of a muchness. The main talking point of the report centred around the introduction of a “Smart North” ticketing scheme that aims to integrate public transport, make ticket purchasing more user-friendly, and balance fares across the […]

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