Will Manchester municipal authority be able to raise revenue, or merely be the scapegoat of how it spends restricted government money on healthcare services? The latter, mostly, but it will be encouraged to think creatively about raising extra funds.
Will it be allowed to borrow to increase spending? No.
Will it resort to selling advertising space on park benches on which war veterans sleep. Yes.
Will it be allowed to impose a local petrol sales tax? Will central government give up its monoply on this? No.
Will they charge Mancunians for digital download of ringtones? Yes.
Will they charge accident response fees? Yes.
Will they sell Christmas tree licenses, for decorating outdoor trees? Yes. They do this in America.
Will they sell photography licenses, for taking photos in their area. Yes.
Will they sell licenses to place advertising on council homes? Yes. McDonalds love Manchester!
Will they impose extra taxes to shop on Saturday? Yes.
The desperate will be forced to be creative.
Local electorates will not want extra taxes.
The government will blame local authorities for not spending money wisely. Local electorates will believe them.
There is a long history of local councillors throughout Britain being bribed by bussinesses to award contracts.
Increased healthcare spending will only be achieved by cutting other services. Blame your council will be the government mantra – not us.
The only point in allowing such as Manchester to control its healthcare budget is for government to distance itself from shortcomings, as they do in all other ‘decentralisation’ ruses – if you don’t like your local healthcare service, vote for a more efficient (Conservative) council.
If you are so blind as not to see this, then you have all the nous of a facile journalist.
Hospitals are already run as individual (budget controlled) units.
Devolution is not new. Has this been a success? Has the devolution (privatisation) of rail services been a success?
People tend to vote through their pockets.
It’s a con trick.
Regions will set their own wage rates – staff doing the same job for varied wages. How will unions respond? Tamely, as usual?
You see the economic propaganda, but do not recognise the underlying politics.
lenin nightingale 2015