City Deals: member briefing

This briefing summarises the Government’s proposed approach to devolving greater powers and resources to the core cities through ‘city deals’. It also sets out the key implications of city deals and the actions housing associations may wish to take in the future.

9 April 2012

On 8 December 2011, the Government announced that it would be working with the 8 core cities to agree a series of ‘city deals’. Deals for Liverpool and Greater Manchester have already been agreed and more are expected to be agreed in the run-up the Mayoral elections in May.

The Government believes that the core cities have significant untapped economic potential. In recent years, they have not achieved the same growth as European counterparts, such as Milan or Munich. Handing these cities a tailored package of new powers will give a new cadre of city mayors the freedoms and authority they need to deliver much higher levels of economic growth and boost the competitiveness of their cities.

This briefing summarises the Government’s proposed approach devolving greater powers and resources to the core cities through ‘city deals’. It also sets out the key implications of city deals and potential future actions for housing associations.