As the £6 billion health budget is devolved to Greater Manchester Combined Authority today, Chairman of the Local Government Association, Lord Porter, said:
“This landmark transfer of responsibility is a significant step in joining up social care and health in order to get the best outcomes for people living in Greater Manchester. Though all health devolution agreements will be unique, this deal provides us with useful lessons on how to turn a devolution deal into an achievable transformation plan.
“It is important that this budget has been devolved and hopefully other Whitehall departments will now follow suit. This will help pave the way for future health devolution deals which will help local areas use public spending more effectively to best meet the needs of local people.
“As well as health budgets, Whitehall needs to put its faith in devolving the fullest range of powers to all local areas, with no policy areas out of bounds and with them free to choose the best governance to suit their local needs.
“This will see money targeted where it’s most needed in order to deliver more homes and infrastructure, create jobs and a skilled workforce, join up health and care services for elderly and vulnerable people, and make the most of each place’s unique assets and deliver health and prosperity for all citizens.
“Widespread devolution supported by fairer funding is essential for the survival of public services and to deliver the Government’s ambition for our communities and national economy.”