Manchester City Council

Strength in Numbers

A busy week. Just been up to Blackley Village for a sod-turning ceremony for the under construction new Pikefold Primary School, which is just down the road from St. Peter's Church as featured on this mornings Today programme. Was good to do something to mark the building of the new school, but a bit odd calling it a sod-turning as the steel work is now well out of the ground. The big event of the week was a visit to London along with, amongst others, the Leaders of Trafford, Stockport and Wigan and the Chair of our Local Enterprise Partnership.

We were there to present our proposals for Deal for Cities. For those of you who haven't being paying attention, this was first announced back in the summer along with the appointment of Greg Clark as Minister for Cities, and since then we have been in negotiation with Government over a bespoke devolution package for Greater Manchester based on jobs and growth. On Tuesday we reached the point of presenting our proposed deal to Ministers. I counted around ten government ministers in the room, including at least three members of the Cabinet, which does at least indicate that they were taking it seriously. We presented an ambitious set of proposals including infrastructure investment, business support, inward investment, skills and apprenticeships, low carbon economy, and next generation broadband, before responding to questions from Ministers. It seemed to go very well and we hope to know in the next few weeks just how well and just how serious government are.

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