Northern Powerhouse

Liverpool mayor submits £230m bid for ‘Green City Deal’

31.07.19: The mayor of Liverpool has submitted a major bid to the new prime minister for a £230m ‘Green City Deal’ to boost the region’s economy and tackle climate change. Joe Anderson has put forward the proposal to Boris Johnson&r...

TSSA welcomes vote backing HS2 phase 2

17.07.19: The general secretary of the TSSA has described the decision by MPs to approve the second stage of the High Speed Two (HS2) as “wise and welcome”. MPs backed the High Speed Rail (West Midlands to Crewe) Bill in the House of Commons yesterday by 26...

‘Pioneering’ Grimsby regeneration deal gets multi-million funding boost

12.07.19: The Northern Powerhouse minister has announced a £3.75m funding boost to kickstart the major regeneration plans for Grimsby town centre. Part of the “pioneering” Town Deal, the latest investment represents the second phase of Gr...

Universities to strike Northern Powerhouse alliance to create ‘Ivy League of the North’

01.07.19: All of the 28 universities across the north of England are to forge an alliance and create a plan of action to drive the Northern Powerhouse agenda forward. The unprecedented move is a direct response to the Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berr...

Five things you didn’t know about the Northern Powerhouse

26.06.19: Five things you didn’t know about the Northern Powerhouse It’s five years this week since George Osborne gave a speech calling for a ‘Northern Powerhouse’ and the project is fully underway. It has evolved from a political...

Government gives Northern Powerhouse minister new housing and energy remit

10.06.19: The Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry has had his powers extended to include housing, business and energy by the government, “strengthening its commitment to the Norther Powerhouse.” The joint ministerial position will see Berry...

Time to build a truly northern powerhouse

11.06.19: Jack Hunter, a research fellow at think tank IPPR North, discusses how to use the Northern Powerhouse to encourage greater social purpose among businesses in the region – including proposals for a new Northern Powerhouse Community Fund. In...

Government agrees to £30m a year South Yorkshire devolution deal

09.05.19: The government has given the go-ahead for the South Yorkshire devolution deal following a “breakthrough” in March in the stalled £30m a year deal for the Sheffield City Region. After “years of impasse”, the four Sout...

South Yorkshire leaders make breakthrough in £30m devolution deal

26.03.19: The four South Yorkshire council leaders and mayor Dan Jarvis have announced a “breakthrough” in the stalled devolution deal for Sheffield City Region. After “years of impasse” the local leaders have “reached a conse...

Tees Valley to use compulsory purchase powers to bring former steelworks back into public ownership as Houchen declares ‘we won’t be held to ransom’

18.03.19: Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) has opted to use a compulsory purchase order (CPO) to bring the remaining 870 acres of land at a former steelworks site back into public ownership, ending a long-running dispute. Nearly 3,000 people at the si...

Borderland authorities praise ‘game-changing’ funding of £345m for growth deal

14.03.19: A commitment of £345m for the Borderlands Growth Deal has been announced by the UK and Scottish governments. In the Spring Statement yesterday, chancellor Philip Hammond unveiled £260m of funding hours after the Scottish Government an...

Liverpool metro mayor announces commission into new city centre rail station

13.03.19: Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has unveiled a commission to deliver a new station in Liverpool city centre to connect the region to HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR). Metro mayor Steve Rotherham announced the creation of the statio...

Bradford launches NPR growth strategy in bid to become ‘catalyst’ for northern economy

12.03.19: Bradford Council has unveiled its Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) Growth Strategy, setting out the city’s economic, social, and inclusive growth plans across Bradford and the north. The strategy covers six main areas, and outlines how improv...

Jake Berry gives support for West Yorkshire devolution deal as council leaders urge government to ‘work with, not against us’

12.03.19: Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry has said the government is ready to back a devolution deal for West Yorkshire and proposed a “rural” deal for York in the wake of One Yorkshire’s rejection. Speaking at the One Yorkshire d...

Council leader calls for authorities to rethink One Yorkshire devolution and start considering alternatives

07.03.19: A council leader has withdrawn his support for the One Yorkshire proposals and appealed to other authority readers to start considering alternatives after Dan Jarvis was shut down once again by the prime minister. Peter Box, the leader of Wakefie...