Manchester mayoral hopeful Andy Burnham has accused the government of leaving the city short of £1 billion in public funding.
Mr Burnham, who plans to run for mayor of what the Tories claim will be a Northern powerhouse, has written to Chancellor George Osborne insisting more resources are needed.
According to a report in The Observer, Mr Burnham wrote:
He claimed the shortfall is made up of a reduction in the central government grant to Manchester, NHS deficits, and cuts to public services such as the police.
A government spokesman said: "The Northern powerhouse is a long-term strategy which is giving real power to the great cities and counties of the North West.
"The work to ensure that the North becomes a powerhouse for our economy again is not even two years old, but the reality is Manchester is already seeing early progress."