It is now two years since policy makers and politicians submitted proposals to Whitehall to devolve powers and funding to our region and as our northern neighbours in Greater Manchester, Liverpool and Tees Valley commence their journey and flex their new found powers we still await a decision for our part of the country.
The Chamber has today launched a new poll allowing businesses in our region to contribute their views on what could and should be the transfer of significant powers to control our own economic destiny. The devolved nations of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales already enjoy the freedom to decide on transport and education funding amongst other things. Greater Manchester now has the ability to fund housing schemes; new planning powers to encourage regeneration and more control over the funding of local transport schemes and the Chamber wants to know whether business would wish to see similar powers devolved to our region.
The survey can be completed here.
We are encouraging all businesses in our region to spare a couple of minutes to share their thoughts.
The Chamber originally contributed to this debate in 2015, you can read our contribution here.