AS2015: Osborne targets 400,000 homes to buy
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne outlined a five-point plan to deliver £20bn of investment into housing as part of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement, alongside a raft of changes to speed up the planning system.
AS2015: Spending boost for Manchester museums
Grants of £300,000 to restore First World War hangars in Ellesmere Port, £9m a year to cover running costs at the new £110m Factory theatre in Manchester and a new South Asia gallery in conjunction with the British Museum, also in Manchester, were among the culture media and sports announcements in this year’s Autumn Statement.
AS2015: New Enterprise Zones named
A handful of new Enterprise Zones were announced by the chancellor in the Autumn Statement to lever investment into the region, at Kingmoor Park in Carlisle, a new Cheshire Science Corridor linking several assets, Hillhouse Chemicals & Energy at Thornton-Cleveleys in Lancashire, and Greater Manchester Life Science.
MIPIM UK: Manchester and Leeds in ‘healthy competition’
While the two cities’ delegations led their conference campaigns with claims to be the biggest economy outside of London, leaders from both promoted cross-border working, and Manchester City Council chief executive Sir Howard Bernstein highlighted cities “recognising synergies” as essential to the success of the North.
MIPIM UK: Expect Liverpool devo news in Autumn Statement, says council boss
Leaders across the city region are confident that the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Autumn Statement next month will contain details of a devolution deal, according to Ged Fitzgerald, chief executive of Liverpool City Council.
MIPIM UK: Northern Powerhouse sets conference agenda
The first day of the MIPIM UK conference programme in London was dominated by talk of the Northern Powerhouse, with panel debates formed of council and businesses leaders delivering positive messages about the opportunities on offer.
MIPIM 2016: Let’s show how cities can shape policy, says Bernstein
Sir Howard Bernstein, chief executive of Manchester City Council, announced 26 partners as part of the city’s delegation for next year’s MIPIM in Cannes, alongside two new daily sessions on the Manchester stand at a launch event yesterday evening.
Osborne announces major planning overhaul
The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has announced a raft of changes to the planning system, including Government intervention on delayed local plans, stronger compulsory purchase powers, and automatic planning permission for brownfield sites.
Budget: O’Neill report to support productivity ambitions
A Plan for Productivity penned by Jim O’Neill, Manchester economist and commercial secretary to the Treasury, is set to be announced on Friday, as part of the Government’s strategy to make Britain “the most prosperous major economy in the world”.
A mayor for all seasons?
On the day police commissioner Tony Lloyd is due to be appointed interim mayor for Greater Manchester, as part of the deal with Government on regional devolution, the University of Manchester has published a collection of essays by policy researchers. Imposing an interim mayor without a referendum is a fundamental error by the political elite that may well backfire, argues Prof Colin Talbot.