Thought I should do a short piece on an event that has been taking place in Manchester over the last couple of days not least because it is unlikely to happen again in the foreseeable future if ever.
Whitehall's top brass, the Permanent Secretaries, and that's all of them, along with a select group of Local Authority Chief Executives, have been holding a conference in the Town Hall looking at the link between global and local. They've not just hidden away in the building. This morning they split into groups to go out to look at what's happening on the ground including one group that went to Ardwick accompanied by local Councillor and Executive Member for Finance Bernard Priest to look at regeneration activities. Another, which I accompanied, went to the top floor of Manchester Business School to look at, hear about, and talk about the Corridor, a partnership which brings together the Council, the two Universities, and Central Manchester Hospitals Trust, along with other stakeholders to maximise the economic potential, to create more jobs and get local people into them, of an area that is unique to Manchester. The Conference is a real opportunity to show strong and well-led partnerships delivering on the ground, and will hopefully encourage the bosses of the civil service when they return to London to support the sort of devolution that is proposed in the Manchester city-region pilot.