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04
Dec

Manchester Devolution: Mark II

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This week, a six-week consultation on the proposed devolution deal for the Sheffield City Region has started. Greater Manchester, however, determined to stay ahead of the pack, is already looking at the next step on its devolution path. The Spending Review included an announcement from George Osborne that the Greater Manchester Combined Authority will have […]

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19
Nov

Devolution deals agreed

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It’s been a successful week for Chancellor George Osborne as devolution deals were signed off for both the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and West Midlands region. The deals will see powers over transport, skills and training, better control of strategic planning, and millions of pounds worth of investment (£30m a year in Liverpool and […]

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01
Oct

Could Lancashire be missing out on its share of devolution?

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Recent headlines have followed the Chancellor’s next steps in delivering his promise of Northern Powerhouse devolution, most notably as he has travelled to China seeking potential investors for projects in the UK, including the North of England. Mr Osborne has been accompanied by delegates from the key local authorities of the various regions already bidding […]

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10
Sep

A Mayor of Merseyside?

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The wait is finally over: the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has finally drawn up its wish-list of powers that it believes should be managed locally in return for the creation of a Mayor of Merseyside. The list includes: The creation of a land commission to oversee how the public sector estate is used The […]

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14
Aug

Metro Mayors – Next stop Liverpool?

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According to reports, Council Leaders across Merseyside will be providing the Government with a list of the powers they would like to gain as part of a devolution deal in just a few weeks. This list of demands will be presented to government ministers by Liverpool Mayor, Joe Anderson; Cllr Phil Davies, Chair of the […]

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24
Jul

What did we learn from the Northern Powerhouse debate?

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This week we gained yet more insight into the Northern Powerhouse, as Sir Richard Leese and Cllr Sean Anstee, the Leader of Manchester City Council and Trafford Council respectively, explained what they believe is needed to ensure its long-term success. The ultimate goal of the Northern Powerhouse, they agreed, is to improve the quality of life […]

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01
Jun

What to expect from the interim Mayor

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Greater Manchester’s ten council leaders have picked the Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony Lloyd, to be the interim Mayor of Greater Manchester. The decision took a few hours, as the ten were initially evenly split between Mr Lloyd and the Leader of Wigan Council, Lord Peter Smith. Mr Lloyd will do the job for the […]

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14
May

Powering ahead

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Their shock majority has left surprised Conservatives having to implement their manifesto. Since just about everyone thought they were writing a negotiating document and not a legislative programme (witness Evan Davis and Jeremy Hunt on Newsnight discussing which bits of the manifesto they would implement), they may not have given too much thought to how […]

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02
Feb

Questions for the Greater Manchester Mayor

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City leaders have begun to take a look at how the interim, appointed mayor, who will lead the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) until a future mayoral election, should be selected. As the system beds in, the appointed mayor will be the figurehead for the GMCA and will supervise the use of the first new […]

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08
Jan

Merseyside devolution: the politics of planning

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Election fever has well and truly started, with politicians of all parties hitting the campaign trail in order to take shots at each other’s policy proposals. In Liverpool, however, it is infighting amongst the Labour ranks that is making the biggest headlines. At the end of 2014 the Liverpool City Region looked set to be […]

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