twice a year and, under the chairmanship of the Chancellor of the
Exchequer, in time for each public expenditure round.
6. The government should take all necessary steps to ensure its
departments and all quangos cooperate with Combined Authorities
in the exercise of their responsibilities. Of particular relevance are
Homes England, Highways England, Network Rail, the Environment
Agency, Education and Skills Funding Agency, Office for Students
and Regional Schools Commission, UK Research and Innovation,
Sports England and the Arts Council.
7. There is widespread ignorance about the structures, support
systems and freedoms available to cities across the world with which
our cities must compete. The government should compile and publish
a report outlining the structure and powers enjoyed by the world’s
20 most prosperous cities. It should be updated annually with a
scoreboard comparison with our own conurbations and a justification
for the difference.
8. The government should review the electoral cycles within each
conurbation to ensure that they allow periods of stability without
9. Modern technology and communications have facilitated much
greater use of local offices. The government should explore with the
mayors the potential this offers to disperse the offices of Whitehall
more evenly across the country.
10. To have any practical relevance, visions must be built on
identified strategies and practical proposals to achieve them.
The first responsibility of the new mayors is to set out their vision for
their conurbations. Five-year programmes updated annually should
i. Its spatial structure
ii. The economy