TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2017

Category: Regional Government

  LABOUR’S DILEMMA. The Chancellor’s economic bondage fetish continues! During the election he bound himself in pledges not to increase income tax, national insurance and VAT by law. Last night at the Mansion House he pledged a new fiscal framework to achieve permanent budget surpluses. This is a major development in the finances of the [read more…]


    HANG ON MANCHESTER!   It has been a significant week for the future governance of the North of England. Exactly ten years after the people of the North East rejected the weak elected assembly on offer at the time, we now have the two major parties vying with each other to devolve real [read more…]


    UP THE JUNCTION   The travelling public of the North deserve a proper say on what they want from their rail services.   This week we’ve had more announcements from on high about HS2, and backing for HS3 from Manchester to Leeds. Sir David Higgins, Chairman of High Speed Two Ltd is an [read more…]


    DEVOLUTION TURMOIL.   Manchester has firmly resisted the government’s backing for elected mayors, but that could be about to change. Tory sources at their conference in Birmingham were suggesting that in return for extra powers for the city region, Labour would concede the concept of an elected mayor for the Combined Authority.   [read more…]


    REGIONAL ASSEMBLIES ARE THE ANSWER..   Has Alex Salmond really lost? Is the North going to stand idly by whilst promises made by a panicking government in the last days of the referendum campaign are now redeemed?   Before the end of this parliament the Scottish Parliament will have the power to levy [read more…]



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