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Nations & regions focus: The North West

Words: Mark Smulian

Regional devolution is a major theme in the North West, which is ahead of other English regions having just acquired two city region elected mayors.

Greater Manchester’s Andy Burnham and Liverpool City Region’s Steve Rotheram are both former local Labour MPs. Each has a £900 million investment fund over 30 years, a consolidated transport budget, bus franchising and strategic planning powers.

Burnham additionally enjoys a £300m housing fund, an ‘earn back’ mechanism to fund infrastructure if economic.....Sign Up or Login to read full article

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