Local creative and cultural industries strategies can play a key role in devolution policy, and understanding the differences and nuances of local industrial strategies helps inform policymakers looking at cultural and creative industries-led ‘levelling up’. Ultimately, policy should be shaped by local strategy and regional identity as much as national goals. This blog raises policy […]
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Building back a gender balanced better – devolution, growth and equalities
As the initial period of lockdown is slowly relaxed, the policy agenda in all parts of the UK is turning to examine recovery from the economic devastation caused by the pandemic. Policymakers in our major city regions are considering how to start up and stimulate economic activity where safe to do so; help firms and […]
Getting gender on the devolution agenda
In this blog, Francesca Gains, Professor of Public Policy and Co-Director of Policy@Manchester, discusses the importance of including women’s voices and their experiences (in all their diversity) in devolved policymaking. As the Greater Manchester Combined Authority refreshes its strategy (Our People, Our Place) and other combined authorities develop their local strategies, it will be crucial […]
Divas, Devolution and Dialogue
Ahead of International Women’s Day, Dr Joanne Tippett shares her experiences from research into planning for environmental change, sustainability and community engagement. She reflects on their implications for including women’s voices in making devolved decisions in Greater Manchester. In my work with villagers in rural Africa, I found that women didn’t tend to speak in […]
What can devo do for women?
Political devolution is well on it’s way in Greater Manchester, with the health and social care budget having been devolved last April and with the imminent election of the Metro Mayor in May. However, there have been criticisms over how representative those making the devolution deals are of the communities they make decisions for. In the […]
Can devolution deliver inclusive growth? You can bank on it!
With Devolution, Greater Manchester has an opportunity to encourage investment and inclusive growth by setting its own policy agenda. Dr Marianne Sensier puts the case for the creation of a regional bank within the new mayor’s policy agenda. A regional bank will provide finance for business and allow people to save their money which in […]
VIDEO BLOG: The opportunities of health devolution
In light of the newly announced investment in research and development of cancer medicines, Professor Ian Greer talks about Greater Manchester’s devolved health and social care budget and the opportunities this brings for linking up discovery science with clinics and commissioners across the region.
Behavioural Insights: intelligent policy-making and devolution
Felicity Algate heads up the Behavioural Insights Team: North, advising public authorities on how the distinctive ‘behavioural insights’ approach to policy-making can deliver more effective and evidence-based policy successes. Felicity recently worked with New Economy on a specialist workshop event outlining the opportunities for the behavioural insights approach to guide decision-making at Greater Manchester’s devolved city-region […]
Agreeing to austerity: does signing up to devolution challenge the Northern Powerhouse?
Austerity and devolution are inextricably linked and present significant challenges to the government’s Northern Powerhouse and devolution strategies. This is because of the importance of the public sector and public services for both supporting growth policies and addressing the needs of disadvantaged groups and areas argue Dr David Etherington and Professor Martin Jones. By signing […]
Devo Manc and the Northern Powerhouse – why we must stop excluding young people
Next May, for the first time, Greater Manchester will go to the polls to vote for a Mayor who will oversee key areas including housing, transport and policing, as well as controlling the recently-devolved £6bn health and social care budget. But will young people’s voices be heard and what is being done to engage them? […]
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