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Manchester 'Is Ready' to Become City-Region

Magazine article Public Finance

Manchester 'Is Ready' to Become City-Region

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The city of Manchester has earned the right to take on greater self-government, economic researchers said this week in a report that gives a boost to the city-region agenda.

Launched at the Labour Party conference on September 27, the Work Foundation's Creating an ldeopollK case study of Manchester said the city's strong civic identity, coupled with its stable and confident leadership, meant it was ready for city-region status.

The authors noted that Manchester was on the way to becoming an 'ideopolis' - a city with a substantial core of knowledge-based industries, such as professional services and research and development, as well as a revitalised city centre and vibrant higher education sector.

Laura Williams, a co-author of the report and senior researcher at the Work Foundation, said Manchester had already achieved a great deal within the constraints of the present system but could do more.

'Having powers at a city-region level means that leaders can better co-ordinate public services and manage expansion In ways that help people live their lives,' she said. …

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