x

Join our Mailing List

Subscribe to our mailing list to receive regular email updates of ResPublica's work, upcoming events and recent blogs from the Disraeli Room.

Press Centre

Press Centre

Government adopts ResPublica plans for City Devolution

14th May 2015

ResPublica has long argued that devolving powers to new and emerging city regions and combined authorities will have the capacity to change and transform their social and economic environment. We have argued that this will be essential if cities are to deliver on the twin objectives of growth and reform.

Our work over the past year built upon the central tenet that only by devolving power to City Regions will we see a rebalancing of the UK’s economy, spreading prosperity to regions left out in the cold by the focus on London and the South East:

Devo Max – Devo Manc: Place-based public services (September ’14)

Restoring Britain’s City States: Devolution, public service reform and local economic growth (February ’15)

Power, People and Places: A Manifesto for devolution to Britain’s Key Cities (May ’15)

In a groundbreaking speech in central Manchester on Thursday 14th May 2015, where a year before he set out his ambitious Northern Powerhouse vision, the Chancellor George Osbourne made it clear that this is a One Nation Government that will act in the interests of the whole country with the Metro-Mayor plans at the heart of an economic recovery for every part of the nation. In his speech, he announced that the Government’s Queen’s Speech will set out new powers.

In response to the announcement, Phillip Blond, author of ResPublica’s work on devolution and architect of the City Devolution plans, wrote in the Telegraph, and appeared on BBC News, Radio 5 Live, LBC, BBC Radio Merseyside.

It’s time to unleash the power of the North
Daily Telegraph article by Phillip Blond

A strategy of devolution for the whole of the North – not just the favoured cities – would bring the home of the industrial revolution back to life

A new, directly elected Mayor of Greater Manchester will receive the following powers:

  • Responsibility for a devolved and consolidated transport budget, with a multi-year settlement to be agreed at the next Spending Review.
  • Responsibility for franchised bus services (subject to consultation by Greater Manchester), for integrating smart ticketing across all local modes of transport, and urgently exploring the opportunities for devolving rail stations across the Greater Manchester area.
  • Powers over strategic planning, including the power to create a statutory spatial framework for Greater Manchester. This will need to be approved by a unanimous vote of the Mayor’s Cabinet.
  • Control of a new £300 million Housing Investment Fund.
  • Control of a reformed earn back deal, within the current envelope of £30 million a year for 30 years. Take on the role currently covered by the Police and Crime Commissioner.

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) will receive the following powers:

  • Responsibility for devolved business support budgets, including the Growth Accelerator, Manufacturing Advice Service and UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) Export Advice.
  • Control of the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers in Greater Manchester and power to re-shape and re-structure the Further Education (FE) provision within Greater Manchester.
  • Control of an expanded Working Well pilot, with central government funding linked to good performance up to a fixed DEL limit in return for risk sharing.
  • Opportunity to be a joint commissioner with Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) for the next phase of the Work Programme.
  • GMCA and Greater Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups will be invited to develop a business plan for the integration of health and social care across Greater Manchester, based on control of existing health and social care budgets.

Further powers may be agreed over time and included in future legislation

15.05.2015 The Times

 



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

Internet giants must end anti-competitive practices or face being broken up, say...

Facebook and Google must end anti-competitive practices or face being broken up Current competition law is not fit for purpose, regulators follow pro-monopoly standards Consumer choice and innovation should be the new norm, not just consumer welfare Competition law needs to stop privileging big business and focus on the benefits of small businesses and market structure Regulators should strip the wrongdoer of their profits for their wrongdoing Social media is media, and should be regulated in the same way as traditional media Current merger controls should be changed to meet challenges of the digital age Current UK inaction on merger controls is unsustainable Internet giants such as Facebook and Google must end anti-competitive “kill in the crib” practices or face sanctions including being broken up, says think tank....

Treat betting firms like Big Tobacco, says ResPublica

Betting firms should be treated like Big Tobacco, because of the harm their products do to the public, says a leading Westminster based think-tank....

ResPublica’s Phillip Blond responds to the Government’s FOBT announcement

ResPublica warmly welcomes the Government’s decision to slash the maximum Fixed Odds Betting Terminal stake to £2, but urges them to go further Phillip Blond, Director, ResPublica commented: “We warmly welcome the Government’s decision to slash the maximum fixed odds betting terminal (FOBTs) stake to just £2....