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What could stop them? Ed Cox of IPPR cautioned in 2014 ‘we should be wary about getting too excited until the rhetoric become a reality’. The Taking Charge and Locality Plans could be viewed as a solid step forward in the devolution agenda, and the Voluntary & Community Sector-positive language is undoubtedly promising, however, at this stage it is still language. Alex Whinnom stated that ‘although all the right words are there…there is no guarantee that ‘alignment’ and ‘partnership’ will necessary translate into a share of the available resources’. The Manchester Evening News recently questioned whether the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ was starting to look like an empty slogan, and, although both devolution and the Powerhouse are […]
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