The Northern Powerhouse will only succeed if instead of focusing on inter-city rail links, it boosts the productivity of cities that currently lag some 40 per cent behind their European counterparts, a new report has argued.
Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson has criticised shadow home secretary Andy Burnham's claim that the role of metro mayor is a "cabinet-level job, which needs cabinet-level experience" as "ignorant and insensitive".
George Osborne's Budget on 16 March new included three new devolution deals, the permanent doubling of small business rate relief, proposals to convert all schools to academies by 2020 - and another £3.5bn in public spending cuts by the end of the
"Bed blocking" that prevents the discharge of patients who no longer need acute hospital treatment could last for up to five more years because of building pressures on social care, the head of the NHS has told MPs.
Some people using personal budgets for their care are not getting genuine choice or control and there are concerns that councils cannot fully personalise services while seeking to save money, MPs have said.