Insights

16
Jun

A new link for Manchester Airport

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Last week saw a new development for Manchester Airport, with the first direct scheduled flight to Beijing. This is the first time a UK airport outside of London has had a direct flight service to mainland China. This is a big step forward for Manchester and the North West which will now have a four-times-a-week […]

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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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03
Feb

Chorley’s plan appears to be working

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A few months back, Remarkable looked at how Chorley is putting itself on the map and leading the way in attracting investment for Lancashire. Recent figures appear to show that the strategy is working to some extent, with the borough having the highest employment rate in the North West at 84.2%. There are many similar […]

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15
Jan

Institution of Civil Engineers calls for overhaul of Northern transport

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Following a call for evidence in November 2015 by the National Infrastructure Commission, the Institution of Civil Engineers has suggested that an overhaul of the North of England’s transport network is required to deliver the Northern Powerhouse vision. Chaired by Lord Adonis, the National Infrastructure Commission is an independent body that was established in 2015 […]

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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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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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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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