Manchester is one of the cities calling for property tax to be a devolved issue, not just to a regional degree, but to be placed directly in the hands of Manchester’s city council.
Along with seven other cities outside of London, Manchester is a member of the Core Cities Cabinet, which met with non-member city Glasgow on May 8th.
Together, the authorities in attendance discussed the importance of tackling the centralisation of government – potentially as an even more important issue than that of Scottish independence.
At a time when national governments are debating the prospect of “establishing a border at Carlisle”, the cities in attendance instead looked to the common ground shared on both sides of the border.
Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson pointed out that his city has more in common with Manchester and Liverpool than with many of the towns in Scotland.
Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council and chair of the Core Cities Cabinet, said: “Both the Core Cities and Glasgow are in favour of radical constitutional change, but do not believe this should be left to be a tussle between parliaments.
“Instead, greater freedoms to our nation’s cities should be granted, starting with the devolution of property taxes.”