Insights

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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26
Nov

The only way is up

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The Greater Manchester Combined Authority has produced yet another interactive, open-source map. The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework highlights areas across Greater Manchester which could be potential development sites, including suggestions which have come from the public. It has previously been mentioned that there is keenness for the city centre itself to expand upwards and for […]

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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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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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10
Nov

The Greater Manchester Mayor: Theory and Practice

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Following on from our last piece , it took only 45 days from the Prime Minister’s pledge “to empower our great cities” to the Chancellor standing in Manchester, announcing plans for “the first metro-wide elected mayor outside of London.” The speed with which a new metropolitan structure of governance was negotiated and agreed between Whitehall […]

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