Our leaders say that the decentralization agreement means nothing if we continue to impose severe state cuts on our town halls. A fourth decentralisation agreement was signed with Greater Manchester in the 2016 budget. These include cooperation with Greater Manchester on the transfer of criminal justice powers, the transfer of control of the adult education budget and support for the creation of an investment fund for life opportunities. The agreement provides for the creation of a $300 million housing investment fund to accelerate the provision of housing to provide up to 15,000 additional housing units for a 10-year-old. The fund will be recyclable. It will generate a return on investment that can be reinvested, maximizing the fund`s impact. Last month, as the Conservative Party conference was running in the city, the M.E.N. teamed up with newspapers in Greater Manchester to promote a fair decentralisation agreement. The July 2015 budget made additional proposals for the transfer of power to greater Manchester: 3 November 2014 was touted as a “revolutionary” moment in local government in England.
Fragmented, inefficient and poorly sequenced public services leave too many people trapped in a cycle of dependency unable to access, progress and improve their lives through work. The agreement will accelerate the work already done to deal with complex addictions and help 50,000 people struggling to find work. Greater Manchester becomes co-commissioner for the next phase of the work programme. In addition, proposals will be developed for a new pilot project to help people over 55 return to work with long-term health problems. On 3 November 2014, Greater Manchester agreed on a decisive step that has shaken local authorities in Britain. These agreements will result in the granting of new powers and responsibilities to Greater Manchester and the adoption of a mayor elected by direct universal suffrage. In the 2015 Autumn/Expenditure Review Declaration, the government agreed on another decentralisation package to Greater Manchester. These included the power to give the Mayor of Manchester the power to introduce a Community Infrastructure Tax to support development and regeneration and to help greater Manchester develop and implement an integrated approach to preventive services for children and young people by April 2017. The purpose of this agreement is not to entrust the city`s tasks to the municipal services, but to entrust the tasks to the urban area. On the contrary, the integrity of local authorities must be respected.