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DevoIntelligence is DevoConnect's regular bulletin designed to keep you up to date and well informed about everything that's happening in England's devolution evolution. Check out our past issues here.
Gill Morris, CEO

Welcome to the March 2019 instalment of the new-look DevoIntelligence. Over the next few months we're going to be bringing you themed updates from across English devolution. This month we have exclusive pieces from each of the North of Tyne Mayoral candidates, ahead of the election on May 2nd - so make sure to read on!

In our future issues we'll also have pieces written by the Metro Mayors, our associate devolution experts, and the DevoConnect team.

2019 promises to be a big year for devolution. Only this week local authority leaders in South Yorkshire and Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis reached an agreement on the way forward for devolution in the region. This occurred after months of discussion and negotiations, and will potentially breathe new life into plans for the Northern Powerhouse 2.0.

We're also starting to plan our party conference fringe meetings for 2019. If you are interested in participating, suggesting a topic, or becoming a sponsoring partner for these meetings, see our fringe meeting section of this issue below.

Our 2019 issues are already looking very exciting. I look forward to you joining us on the journey!
Leading Articles from the North of Tyne Mayoral Candidates
Jamie Driscoll: 'All the talk of supporting future innovation will be empty so long as our kids are too hungry to learn.'
Labour's candidate for North of Tyne Mayor explains his North East vision, and why his local approach to keeping money in the region is essential for future prosperity. Read this article.

Charlie Hoult: 'Time for a Great North Mayor'
The Conservative Candidate for North of Tyne Mayor explains why his focus is on 'projects not politics' and how he'll press the case in Westminster to wipe out long-running inequality. Read this article

John Appleby: 'Brexit will be the biggest factor affecting the North of Tyne'
Dr John Appleby, Liberal Democrat candidate for North of Tyne Mayor, says Brexit will be the biggest factor affecting the North of Tyne over the next five years. Read this article.

John McCabe: 'Only an Independent mayor can build the future our region deserves'
Independent candidate John McCabe argues that party politicians have spent decades wasting the potential of the North of Tyne region. It’s time for us to do something different. Read this article.
Top Stories from Across the UK
Devolution deal agreed for South Yorkshire - BBC News

The four local authority leaders in South Yorkshire and Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis reached an agreement on the way forward for devolution in the region. Read this article.
Government withdraws £68m housing funding from Greater Manchester - Place North West

The Government has told Greater Manchester that the City Region will no longer be receiving a £68m brownfield housing fund, following the reduction of housing targets included in the rewritten Spatial Framework. Read this article.
England's City Leaders urged to make most of infrastructure funding - Infrastructure Intelligence

Proposed new powers and devolved infrastructure funding could transform efforts by cities in England to tackle congestion and housing shortages, National Infrastructure Commission Chair Sir John Armitt has said. Read this article.
Local income tax could give councils billions in extra funding, IFS report suggests - Public Sector Executive
A ‘local income tax’ could provide councils in the UK with an extra £6bn a year per 1% in order to help them meet rising costs and rising demands, a report from the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) assessing the potential for devolving further tax revenues and powers to English councils has suggested. Read this article.

£1.6bn Stronger Towns fund branded 'tokenistic' - Local Government Chronicle
The Government has come in for widespread criticism after the announcement of the Stronger Towns Fund. The fund pales into insignificance compared to the £15.7bn that has been cut from council funding since 2010. Read this article.
Devolution Opinion We Enjoyed This Month
The Yorkshire Post Editorial: Devolution on the Right Track, At Last
The Yorkshire Post on the recent devolution agreement between the four local authority leaders and Mayor Dan Jarvis in South Yorkshire. Read the full piece.

Arianna Giovannini: 'Brexit and Devolution in England: What's at Stake?'
Senior Lecturer at De Montford University explains how Brexit without devolution could lead to a toxic cocktail in England. Read the full piece.

Sam Gyimah MP 'The North Needs More Funding'
Sam Gyimah MP backs the Northern Powerhouse, saying that we need to rebalance the economy in the national interest. Read the full piece.

Coming Up
North of Tyne Mayoral Hustings: 3rd April, Newcastle
With voting to elect the first Mayor of the North of Tyne due to take place on 2nd May of this year, listen to the candidates bidding to secure the position. Find out more.

Just Transition Strategy for the North of England: 9th April, Leeds
This event will examine the insights of IPPR's final report and the proposed recommendations for what a just transition strategy for the north of England should look like. Find out more.

Manchester Development Plans Conference: 25th April, Manchester
This event will delve into details and insights on future development plans set to happen within Manchester including the details on Bolton town centre’s £1bn masterplan and two major schemes set to be launched at the event. Find out more.

Yorkshire Business Market: 29th April, Harrogate
This event was established to create an opportunity for Yorkshire companies, large and small, to promote their business and learn from each other. Find out more.

Northern Transport Summit: 16th May, Manchester
The third annual Place North West summit will give an in-depth view of transport investment opportunities and challenges across the Northern Powerhouse. Speakers include Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester; Cllr Judith Blake, Leeds City Council leader; and Lorna Pimlott, director of sponsorship and policy for HS2 Ltd.
Find out more.

CBI Annual Dinner: 21st May, London
Over 600 senior business and political stakeholders will attend the Confederation of British Industry’s annual dinner. Find out more

DevoConnect Training
Our training calendar for May-July 2019 is now up. Click the image above or the link below to find out more about our masterclasses being run across the UK.
DevoConnect Party Conference Fringe Meetings

It's that time of year again when we start thinking about planning for party conference season. If there's a burning issue you want to explore, or you're interested in sponsoring any of our potential fringe events, listed below, then get in touch:

- Great Northern Investment Meet
- Energy and Green Jobs Fringe
- PowerTowns: Unlocking inclusive Growth
- The Crime Fringe: how can we stop the rise in violent crime?
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