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Manchester

Greater Manchester

Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan, Manchester, and Salford.

Mayor Andy Burnham, Labour
Headlines The first devolution deal, and the only to include control over Health and Social Care – worth £6bn in Greater Manchester.
Population 2,798,000
Political control Labour
Economic output (GVA) £56.3bn
Devolved powers Long-term devolution investment fund, health and social care, further education and skills, transport, business support, employment support, land and housing, public services and limited finance powers
Investment fund £900m
Original deal Download 

Mayoral election: 6th May 2021                                                                                                                                                                                                        Turnout:34% (+ 5.6% from 2017), Vote share: 67.3% First round (+ 3.9% First round from 2017)

Sheffield

Sheffield City Region

Constituent members: Barnsley; Doncaster; Rotherham; and Sheffield.

Non-constituent members: Bassetlaw; Bolsover; Chesterfield; Derbyshire Dales; and North East Derbyshire.

Mayor  Dan Jarvis MP
Headlines Unlocking the powers and funding in Sheffield City Region’s 2015 devolution deal has been delayed by wrangling and failed negotiations to agree a ‘One Yorkshire’ pact. However in January 2020, its Mayor, Dan Jarvis, and the constituent authorities broke the deadlock and agreed to hold a public consultation on the deal. The public consultation on Sheffield City Region’s devolution closed in March 2020, and the remaining steps to formalise the deal are for an Order to be laid in Parliament and subsequently signed by the four council leaders and Mayor Jarvis.
 Population 1,819,000
Political control Labour
Economic output (GVA) £27bn
Devolved Powers 30 year economic growth fund and employment support programmes, as well as transport, housing and commercial development, and adult education powers.
Investment Fund £900m
Original deal Download

West Yorkshire

West Yorkshire

Councils: Leeds, Kirklees, Wakefield, Bradford and Calderdale

Mayor Election to be held 6th May 2021
Headlines The deal was signed in March 2020 and will provide the area with significant new powers and funding to increase opportunities and living standards through inclusive growth and productivity improvements. The deal brings to an end five years of haggling over a transfer of powers away from central government, and will see Leeds, Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield overseen by one mayoral authority.
 Population 2,252,300
Political control TBC
Economic output (GVA) £42.9m
Devolved Powers Powers across housing, planning, transport and skills – including the Adult Skills budget and scope for bus franchising, a new tram system and spatial development strategy – are included in the deal alongside a £1.8bn investment package.
Investment Fund £1.8 billion
Original deal Download

Mayoral election: 6th May 2021                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Candidates: Conservative: Matthew Robinson, Labour: Tracy Brabin, Liberal Democrat: Stewart Golton, Yorkshire Party: Bob Buxton, Green: Andrew Cooper

Cornwall

Cornwall

Cornwall Unitary

Headlines It’s the first rural devolution deal and limited in scope. A campaign for a ‘Cornish Assembly,’ similar to the Scottish Parliament, has been ongoing since 2000. A 2019 Impact Assessment found that the Deal had led to increased prosperity, fairer funding, increased business rate revenue, balanced public sector finances and greater resident satisfaction. Cornwall was one of the first areas to secure a devolution deal in 2015 and it remains the only non-metropolitan area with devolved powers in England. But six years on, with significant progress made, it is clear that Cornwall has now outgrown its original deal. ‘Why devolution matters: The case of Cornwall‘ was published by IPPR North March 2021.
Population 545,000
Political control Lib Dem & Independent Coalition
Mayoral vote date  No Elected Mayor
Economic output (GVA) £7.5bn
Deal stage Initial deal agreed in 2015.
Devolved powers Further education and skills (limited), Transport (limited), Business support, Land and housing (very limited), Planning for health and social care integration and EU Structural Funds management.
Original deal Download
Investment Fund £130m

Tees Valley

Tees Valley

Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland,  and Stockton-on-Tees

Mayor Ben Houchen, Conservative
Headlines Includes a £450m 30 year investment fund, of which the first £15m has been received and is being allocated according to the Combined Authority’s Strategic Economic Plan. According to Mayor Ben Houchen, Government is ‘keen to progress’ with a second devolution deal for Teesside. Mayor Houchen has recently brought Durham Tees Valley Airport back into public ownership and secured ‘Treasury North’ based in Darlington and a Freeport on the ‘Tees Works’ site.
Population 701,000
Political control Conservative and Labour
Economic output (GVA) £11.4bn
Devolved powers Long-term devolution investment fund, Adult skills funding, Transport (very limited), Business support, Employment support (limited), Land and housing (limited), finance (very limited)
Investment fund £450m
Original deal Download

Mayoral election: 6th May 2021                                                                                                                                                                                                        Turnout: 34% (+ 12.7% from 2017), Vote share: 72.8% First round (+ 21.7% second round from 2017)

West Midlands

West Midlands

Constituent members: Birmingham; Coventry; Wolverhampton; Dudley; Sandwell; Solihull; and Walsall. Non-constituent members: Cannock Chase; North Warwickshire; Nuneaton and Bedworth; Redditch; Rugby; Shropshire Council; Stratford-on-Avon; Tamworth; Telford and Wrekin; and Warwickshire.

Mayor Andy Street, Conservative
Headlines The West Midlands deal is worth £1.1bn over 30 years. It is focused on generating growth from HS2 and could generate 100,000 jobs. In late 2017, the West Midlands agreed a second devolution deal to boost productivity and growth, including £6 million for a housing task-force and £250 million for intra-city transport priorities.
Population 2,808,000
Political control Labour (17/28 seats)
Economic output (GVA) £59.3bn
Devolved powers Long-term devolution investment fund, Further education and skills (limited), Transport, Business support (limited), Employment support (limited), Land and housing (limited), Finance (limited)
Investment fund £1.1bn
Original deal Download

Mayoral election: 6th May 2021                                                                                                                                                                                                         Turnout: 31% (+ 4.3% from 2017), Vote share: 54% second round (+ 3.6% Second round from 2017)

Liverpool

Liverpool City Region

Liverpool, Halton, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens, and Wirral.

Mayor Steve Rotheram, Labour
Headlines Growth focused deal, with a Single Investment Fund that will promote the city region as a world class place for business. In 2016, Liverpool was a pilot area for the 100% business rates retention scheme. Successes include green transport, free travel for apprenticeships and the planning of Mersey Tidal Power scheme.
Population 1,507,000
Political control Labour
Economic output (GVA) £29.5bn
Devolved powers Long-term devolution investment fund, Further education and skills, Transport, Business support, Employment support (limited), Land and housing, Public services (very limited), Finance (limited). Liverpool was granted additional powers in traffic, apprenticeships, housing and children’s services a year after the region’s initial devolution deal.
Investment fund £900m
Original deal Download

Mayoral election: 6th May 2021                                                                                                                                                                                                         Turnout: 30% (+ 3.6% from 2017), Vote share: 58.3% First round (- 1% First round from 2017)

West England

West of England

Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset Council and South Gloucestershire Council.

Mayor Dan Norris, Labour
Headlines 2021 election saw a huge swing to Labour and former MP Dan Norris elected as the West of England Metro Mayor. The highest value deal per capita, worth £815 per person. Marvin Reeves is the Labour Bristol City Mayor.
Population 908,000
Political control Conservative
Economic output (GVA) £26.7bn
Devolved powers Long-term investment fund, Further education and skills, Transport, Business support, Employment support (limited), Land and housing, Public services and Finance (very limited)
Investment fund £900m
Original deal Download

Mayoral election: 6th May 2021                                                                                                                                                                                                         Turnout: 36% (+ 6.8% from 2017), Vote share: 76% Second round

Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough

Voting members: Cambridge; Cambridgeshire; East Cambridgeshire; Fenland; Huntingdonshire; Peterborough; South Cambridgeshire; and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Business Board. Non-voting members: Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire; Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority; Cambridgeshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

Mayor Dr Nik Johnson, Labour
Headlines Originally forming part of a proposed East Anglia deal, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have now progressed their own £800m devolution plan. Whilst it faces geographical challenges (the region is mostly rural and lacks focus around one conurbation), the region’s overall strong economy provides an advantage.
Population 937,000
Political control Conservative
Economic output (GVA) £22bn
Devolved powers Long-term devolution investment fund, Further education and skills, Transport (limited), Business support, Employment support, Land and housing (limited), and Finance (very limited).
Investment fund £600m
Original deal Download

Mayoral election: 6th May 2021                                                                                                                                                                                                         Turnout: 36% (+ 3.5% from 2017), Vote share: 51.3% Second round

London

Greater London

Mayor Sadiq Khan
Headlines London has had an elected mayor since 2000, with the current mayor controlling a budget of around £17bn. Since 2015, London has had responsibility for health inequalities strategy and public health, and adult education powers were announced in the 2016 Autumn Statement.
Population 8,674,000
Political control Labour
Economic output (GVA) £309bn
Deal stage Not part of the current wave of deals, but building on them. London’s powers have grown to be significant over four mayoral terms since the beginning of this millennium.

Mayoral election: 6th May 2021                                                                                                                                                                                                         Turnout: 41% (- 4% from 2017), Vote share: 55.2% Second round (-1.6% Second round 2017)

North of Tyne

North of Tyne

Councils: Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland

Mayor Jamie Driscoll
Headlines After the original North East devolution deal fell through, Newcastle, Northumberland and North Tyneside agreed to push ahead with devolution. Their deal includes an Inclusive Growth Board and an Education Improvement Challenge (similar to London’s), as well as £23m devolved Adult Education Budget. Momentum-backed candidate Jamie Driscoll won the election for Labour after his shock victory over Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes in the Labour selection.

Next election: 2024

Population 846,000
Political control Labour
Economic output (GVA) £17 bn
Investment Fund £600m
Original deal Download

North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire

Headlines Now that West Yorkshire and Sheffield City Region have both secured a devolution deal, the prospect of a ‘One Yorkshire’ is no longer on the table. Concrete devolution proposals for North Yorkshire are yet to emerge but possible deals including the York and North Yorkshire deal have been reignited.
Population 824,054
Political control Conservative
Mayoral vote date Unknown
Economic output (GVA) £88bn (all of Yorkshire)
Deal stage No deal agreed yet
Original deal NA

Cumbria

Cumbria (whole)

Headlines Cumbrian devolution looks to be picking up steam ahead of the long awaited release of the Devolution White Paper. Cumbria County Council and the six Cumbrian District councils, Copeland, South Lakeland, Eden, Allerdale, Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness are consulting on plans for unitarisation of the current two tier system in Cumbria.
Population 498,083
Political control Conservative
Mayoral vote date Unknown
Economic output (GVA) £11 bn
Deal stage No deal agreed yet
Original deal N/A

Lancashire

Lancashire (whole)

Headlines Lancashire devolution looks to be picking up steam ahead of the long awaited release of the Devolution White Paper.  The County Council and all District Councils within the county are consulting on plans for unitarisation of the current two tier system in Lancashire.
Population 1495000
Political control Conservative
Mayoral vote date Unknown
Economic output (GVA) £32 bn
Deal stage No deal agreed yet
Original deal NA

North East

North East Combined Authority

Headlines After backing out of the North of Tyne deal (See North of Tyne) there are new moves to create a devolution deal for the whole of the North East & North of Tyne Combined Authorities. A submission to Government is expected post-May local and Metro Mayoral elections.
Population 1,157,200
Political control Labour
Mayoral vote date Unknown
Economic output (GVA)
Deal stage No deal agreed yet
Original deal NA

Interactive Devolution Map

  • Nine major city regions across England have elected Metro Mayors: Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, the West of England, the West Midlands, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, London, Sheffield City Region and North of Tyne.
  • The new mayoral combined authorities and Metro Mayors will take control of multi-million pound investment funds, and hold powers over skills, transport, planning and housing, growth, employment and a number of other areas.
  • The data included in the map is from a variety of sources to which we are grateful. These include: the National Audit Office, Centre for Cities, and local authorities. If you have any queries or corrections, please contact olivia@devoconnect.co.uk
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