Trafford Council leader hails Greater Manchester devolution deal

Trafford Council Leader Tom Ross has hailed the devolution deal for Greater Manchester as a vote of confidence in the region’s residents and businesses.

The deal – announced in the Budget – gives Greater Manchester £150m to develop brownfield sites, more control over post-16 technical education, and extra powers of transport, housing and regeneration.

Cllr Ross has prioritised children and education since he became leader of Trafford in January.

He said:

“I am delighted by the deal, particularly gaining more control over post-16 technical education.

“We want to deliver an economy that improves everyone’s standard of living and this means we can help people improve their access to quality training and jobs.

“I also welcome the extra funding so more residents can live in green, affordable homes, as well as increasing our ability to improve our transport system.”

Cllr Ross also highlighted the single funding settlement, which replaces the current fragmented system.

He said: “The new system means the region can use the money more effectively and plan ahead for greater growth for all.

“Working together, we can continue our journey to deliver a prosperous region that benefits all our residents, communities and businesses.”


Posted on Wednesday 15th March 2023