Working Together: Devolution in the Northern Powerhouse


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On the one-year anniversary since the Northern Powerhouse first elected Metro Mayors, Lord Jim O’Neill shares his views on devolution. 

Devolution is one of the six key ingredients required to realise the long-term ambitions of the Northern Powerhouse; once and for all closing the gap between the North and South of England. Together with transport, education, skills, business engagement and ambition, devolving further power and control to regions of the North could have a transformational effect in increasing productivity so the North truly pulls its weight in economic terms.

Based on economic analysis, as well as engagement with civic leaders, businesses and many others across the Northern Powerhouse, this paper assesses the effectiveness of devolution deals in Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region and the Tees Valley, the prospects for Dan Jarvis – newly-elected Metro Mayor for Sheffield City Region – and the implications for the rest of Yorkshire, as well as many other regions including North of Tyne, Cheshire and Warrington and the Borderlands.

Working closely with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, in particular the Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry and new Secretary of State James Brokenshire, the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP) expect to play a leading role in supporting those parts of the North with a credible case for devolution and ensuring the powers they are awarded by central government are employed to bring the maximum benefit to the people of the North of England.

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