Monday 15th September marked the launch of ResPublica’s report ‘Devo Max – Devo Manc’. The report proposed a radical plan to give Greater Manchester greater control of its finances and an elected Mayor.
Devo Max – Devo Manc: Place-based public services, argues that Greater Manchester should be fully devolved with control over all public spending, and recommends that Greater Manchester should have what Scotland wants.
The report includes a call to action and sets out a roadmap for devolution. It says that within 100 days of the next Parliament, a ministerial led group should agree the steps to devolution. As part of the new settlement Greater Manchester will commit to devolving further to localities taking savings and local initiatives as near to their consumers as possible.
My report on "Devo Manc": manchester's bid for control of all £22bn of public money spent in the city region discussed on #murnaghan now
Total Manchester public spending should be brought under the control of Greater Manchester Combined Authority, under a new governance structure that includes a local board and relevant Secretaries of State.
The Authority should be given legal powers to enact local joined up Government, eliminating duplication and encouraging multi-agency initiatives.
Begin by giving power over property taxes, move on to income taxes.
Powers to reinvest savings and proceeds locally, while a percentage of overheads remains with Whitehall.
Create a new democratic system with an elected Assembly led by the Mayor of Manchester.
Mark is ResPublica’s Localism Lead. He will be focusing on our new projects and workstreams, working in partnership with city-regions, to radicalise the localism agenda and realise a new vision for local economic growth and public sector reform.
Phillip is an internationally recognised political thinker and social and economic commentator. He bridges the gap between politics and practice, offering strategic consultation and policy formation to governments, businesses and organisations across the world. He founded ResPublica in 2009 and...