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New powers for Greater Manchester

​What devolution means for Rochdale

​​New powers for Greater ManchesterCentral government has agreed decisions for our region are best made locally. Rochdale is one of 10 councils in the Greater Manchester region that will be benefit from this exciting new system of spending and decision-making.

Millions of pounds and many new powers are on the way to our area now a new Greater Manchester mayor has been elected, Mayor Andy Burnham was elected on Thursday, 4 May 2017. 

The government has agreed as part of its 'northern powerhouse' concept to hand over to the Greater Manchester mayor an £85 million budget to spend locally on improving transport, housing and job creation.

We're already part of the Greater Manchester health and social care 'devolution deal' sometimes referred to as 'DevoManc' which was introduced in April 2016. Under this deal the Greater Manchester region became the first in the country to take control of its £6 billion health and social care budget. More about the health and social care devolution deal.

DevoManc means:

  • Some important decisions currently made in Westminster will be made from May 2017 by an elected Greater Manchester mayor and not central government.
  • There will be the potential for more local jobs, more businesses and more regeneration.
  • Polling day for the election of the mayor of Greater Manchester took place on Thursday, 4 May 2017. Every Rochdale resident along with voters in the other Greater Manchester councils on the electoral register had the chance to vote. There will be elections for the position of mayor every 4 years.
  • The mayor will be answerable to members of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority  which Rochdale is part of.  
  • The devolution deal will give residents a greater say on spending and decision making currently been made by central government. This will be through public meetings, consultations and more local decision making.
  • Councils will continue operate in the same way as we do now, with local ward councillors representing the different areas. 
More about what devolution means

Services that will now be locally managed

Under the new system the mayor of Greater Manchester has control of the following services from 4 May 2017:

Jobs - the mayor has a budget to help businesses across the region grow and develop. This will complement the 10 Greater Manchester councils' regeneration work.
The key aim is to create 50,000 new jobs across the region.

Planning - planning regulations will be transferred to local areas.
The key aim is to provide more opportunities to increase investment and job creation across the local area.

Health - the transfer of £6 billion of health spending to the region was made on 1 April 2016.
The key aim is to bring the 37 health providers in the north west together to ensure decisions on health spending are made locally, rather than in London.

Housing - the mayor will take responsibility for the housing budget across the region.
The key aim is to build 15,000 new homes across Greater Manchester.

Public transport - there will be more control over bus routes, bus fares and bus services. A new ‘oyster style’ travel card could be introduced, making it cheaper to travel on public transport. The mayor will have more control over local rail services with the potential for new local stations across the city-region.
The key aim is to ensure more regulation of local transport services ensuring a more accountable system with more capacity and better value for money for passengers.

Keep up-to-date

You can follow what’s already happened and what the next steps are on the Greater Manchester Combined Authority website. 



City-region - another name used for the area across Greater Manchester made up of the combined authority.

Devolution deal - the agreement between central government and 10 Greater Manchester councils to transfer powers and financial resources from Westminster to the region.

DevoManc - another name used for the Greater Manchester devolution deal.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) - the GMCA is made up of the 10 Greater Manchester councils who work with other local services, for example the health sector, across the region.

Health devolution - the Greater Manchester region has taken control of £6 billion of public funding for health and social care. This was part of the devolution deal and will bring together health services, health commissioning and GPs to help reduce health inequalities. 

Interim Mayor - under the 2014 devolution agreement Greater Manchester has got a new mayor, elected by all the region's voters in 2017. The elected mayor has new powers over transport, housing and planning, fire and police services, and will work alongside a 'cabinet' of council leaders.

Northern powerhouse - concept of readdressing the spending between the north and south through the devolution deal.