Green shoots from regional government?

Whitehall’s drive to devolve powers to cities and regions will have consequences for the environment. Gareth Simkins investigates

Greater Manchester used devolution laws to create a combined authority with new responsibilities for areas such as public transport, regeneration and waste. Photograph: Kevin George/123RFBy 2020 the way that much of England is run will be transformed. In many areas, the long-established patchwork of city, county, district, borough and unitary councils will have been supplemented with a new layer of ‘combined authorities’. These will have powers that hitherto have been only wielded by Whitehall, such as those covering planning appeals, transport and health spending.

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