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. These agreements will give new powers and responsibilities to the greater Manchester area and adopt a mayor elected by direct universal suffrage. The region was built on this innovative agreement reached in February 2015 with a first decentralization contract on health and social assistance worth $6 billion. Since then, there have been five other deals, as we have seen below. More information can be found on the Gov.uk website (link will be opened in a new tab). We are already part of the “Devolutionsdeal” in the field of health and social assistance in the greater Manchester area, sometimes called “DevoManc” and launched in April 2016. As part of the agreement, greater Manchester was the first in the country to take control of its $6 billion health and welfare budget. Learn more about the decentralisation agreement in the area of health and social assistance.

Labour would have preferred to have a monopoly on this political property and, during a visit to Manchester last Friday, Miliband accused Osborne of being behind the party of decentralisation. Miliband has even twice refused to tell local journalists whether he would accept Osborne Manchester`s offer, and he has listed greater tax powers, fairer funding from the Council and better public services than those missing from the Chancellor`s plan. In February, a “pioneer” agreement on the integration of health care and social assistance was reached. This meant that from April 2016, Greater Manchester will control its entire health and social security budget – currently around $6 billion a year – to exploit a huge potential to improve the health of the region. 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. The decentralisation of health – the Greater Manchester area has taken control of $6 billion in public funds for health and social affairs. This was part of the decentralisation agreement and will bring together health services, health commissions and family doctors to help reduce health inequalities. On 3 November 2014, Greater Manchester agreed on a decisive step that shook the British government.