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The Chancellor of the Exchequer and leaders of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority signed a devolution agreement on 3 November 2014. The agreement will result in devolving new powers and responsibilities to Greater Manchester, and Greater Manchester adopting a directly elected Mayor for the city-region.
At Summer Budget, the government announced further progress in devolving powers to Greater Manchester.
This includes putting Fire Services under the control of the new directly-elected Mayor, establishing a Greater Manchester Land Commission, granting the Mayor more powers over planning, and inviting discussion of how central government and the city region might collaborate further on children’s services and employment programmes.
At Autumn Statement/Spending Review 2015, the government agreed a further package of devolution to Greater Manchester. This included giving the Greater Manchester Mayor the power to implement a Community Infrastructure Levy to support development and regeneration, and supporting Greater Manchester to develop and implement an integrated approach to preventative services for children and young people by April 2017.
At Budget 2016, a fourth devolution agreement was signed with Greater Manchester. This included working with Greater Manchester to devolve criminal justice powers, devolving control over the adult education budget, and supporting the establishment of a Life Chances Investment Fund.
At Autumn Budget 2017 the government and Greater Manchester agreed new commitments to further strengthen joint working and support devolution. This included working together to develop a local industrial strategy, explore future transport funding and develop a trade and investment plan. Greater Manchester also received £243 million from the Transforming Cities Fund for transport investment.
See our guides explaining the powers being transferred to English regions and new mayoral responsibilities: