As Greater Manchester prepares to elect its first metro mayor, a group of citizens and civil society organisations want the region’s devolution process to work for its people. David Fernández-Arias talks through the People’s Plan for Greater Manchester, launched this week.   On being left out of the devolution process: When the devolution deal for Greater Manchester first landed, only a tiny handful of people were involved in it. There was a lot of surprise among civil society and concern about what devolution meant in the context of austerity and cuts. There was also a strong sense that devolution to other parts of the UK had taken place following a referendum and that hadn’t happened here. We wanted to draw attention to the fact that devolution was happening without any input from citizens or civil society. On campaigning for ‘real devolution’: We think that the principle of devolution is a … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Clare Goff
Clare Goff is editor of New Start magazine