Tomorrow (27th February) the Chancellor, George Osborne, will announce a new healthcare deal between the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and central government. The £6bn annual budget for health and social care will be devolved to the GMCA’s 10 councils from April 2016. This move is a national first which we advocated in September 2014’s Devo Max – Devo Manc.
This is just the next step for a report which has already been hugely influential; only two months after its publication the Government agreed to give greater powers to the GMCA including transport, skills and housebuilding in one of the greatest moves towards decentralisation of power in the UK in years. The GMCA will also have a directly-elected ‘Metro Mayor’ from 2017, as called for in Devo Max – Devo Manc.