Northern Powerhouse

North and Midlands must take control to deliver true benefits of HS2 and NPR, says review

17.10.19: The North and Midlands must take control of their high-speed rail network, argues a report from the Northern Powerhouse Independent Review warning against cancelling the major infrastructure projects without viable alternatives. The review, estab...

The Queen’s Speech Roundup: Crime, social care and devolution bills

14.10.19: Boris Johnson has set out his Government’s major policies on crime, the environment and Brexit in today’s Queen Speech, including the announcement that a Devolution White Paper will be published. Housing safety in the wake of Grenfell...

Sheffield City Region mayor calls on PM to support the Northern Forest

08.10.19: Sheffield City Region Mayor, Dan Jarvis, is blazing a trial for other local leaders by committing to the growth of the Northern Forest – and asking the Prime Minister to join him. Mayor Jarvis is enlisting the help of central government in...

Greater Manchester one step closer to bus reform

30.09.19: Greater Manchester is taking steps to lead the way in obtaining bus reform. It will be the first city-region in the UK to use public consultation on the introduction of a bus franchising scheme. Under the Bus Services Act 2017, powers are availab...

Boris Johnson vows to give more power to the Northern Powerhouse regions

13.09.19: Boris Johnson has pledged his support for the Northern Powerhouse and for further devolution deals, alongside announcing the creation of a new growth body with powers to bring together major organisations in the region. Giving a speech in South Y...

Government pledges £62m funding to improve flood defences

12.09.19: Government has pledged £62m funding to improve flood defences across England, with more than 9,000 homes set to benefit from the improvements.

Northern Powerhouse Partner aims to connect the North once again

02.09.19: In February this year, official Northern Powerhouse Partner, Cognitive Publishing, delivered EvoNorth 2019.  The two day event was designed to amplify and highlight future developments the region has to offer - uniting leaders responsible for...

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...