Greater Manchester's local councils have a history of working together. This record of co-operation, and the creation of the GMCA, helped us lead the way on city-region devolution through the 2014 Devolution Agreement. The agreement gives the region additional powers, and greater accountability through an elected mayor. The mayor leads the GMCA supported by a cabinet, and was first elected by Greater Manchester voters in May 2017.
The region built upon this innovative agreement with an initial £6 billion health and social care devolution deal in February 2015. Since then there have been 5 further deals as shown below. Full information on these can be found here.
Through these devolution agreements, the region has more powers and control over budgets, including:
The elected mayor is responsible for the fire service, and has more control of planning through a new Greater Manchester Land Commission.