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Local Government: Greater Manchester and Leeds

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers the city region pilots will have. (273219)

Work to identify and agree priorities between the Government and Leeds and Greater Manchester will draw on recent work from the Manchester Independent Economic Review and on innovation in the Leeds city region. Proposals will include new strategy-setting powers over adult skills funding, expected to be in place within three to six months, new joint investment boards with regional development agencies, the Homes and Communities Agency and other partners to co-ordinate and align investment and the piloting of new employment programmes. Further details will be announced in the summer.