Lessons from the Greater Manchester experiment - Local Government Information Unit

In the first of three essays LGiU is publishing on the future of local government, Andrew Walker discusses the Greater Manchester experiment in devolution, lessons learned so far and challenges that remain.

The UK is going through a period of major change. It is not all about Brexit, however. There is a significant development in the country's governance, as new institutional structures have recently been established in some English city-regions, led by directly elected metro mayors.

Greater Manchester was the first city-region to make a deal with the government to establish just such a combined authority, bringing a range of powers down to the local level and establishing an elected mayoral office. It is widely recognised as the "furthest ahead" of the city regions, with the longest track record, and it is in many ways the pattern that others will try to follow.

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