Following the initial wave of devolution deals, we are now moving into Phase 2 of the Northern Powerhouse. Devolution will continue throughout this parliament. But we also need to focus on how powers are used, as well as where they sit.
The government and the largest northern cities are therefore committing here to work together to consider how we can use our shared powers collaboratively to deliver our vision for the Northern Powerhouse.
We will work with every part of the north to meet our shared objectives. We want to ensure that we release the talents of our workforce and support renewed aspiration and opportunities for our young people.
We will build on the strong progress made through the development of the Northern Transport Strategy over the past eighteen months, and will expand our focus to look in particular at skills and employment, trade and investment, enterprise and innovation, and housing.