Councils in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire have shown fresh resolve to progress with a North Midlands devolution deal.
There are 13 authorities keen to progress with a deal that benefits residents and we're talking to Government about what that could be.
Our Leader Councillor Anne Western said:
"We have worked well together over the past 12 months and we have come a long way in the ambition to get the North Midlands to be a player on the national stage.
"We remain convinced that this is an opportunity we can't afford to miss for the sake of our residents and local business.
"Now is the time for strong leadership - we remain committed that we want to move forward.
"We have 13 authorities that are keen to progress with a deal that benefits residents and we there's fresh resolve to move forward in a united way to build a stronger economy across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire."
A deal document, which set out the final negotiating position of all councils in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire and business leaders behind the bid, was sent to Chancellor George Osborne and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Greg Clark just before Christmas.
It was developed following months of negotiations and set out ten key benefits devolution would deliver for the residents and businesses of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire:
- 55,000 new private sector jobs.
- 77,000 extra homes.
- An Investment Fund over 30 years to provide infrastructure such as roads and bridges.
- Adult skills provision that better meets the needs of businesses.
- A joint transport fund to spend on key transport improvements.
- A better co-ordinated, public transport system with "Oyster" style smart ticketing.
- More responsive and co-ordinated business support for growth.
- The creation of substantially more apprenticeship opportunities.
- More people entering employment through better targeted local programmes.
- Journey times to London of less than 90 minutes by train.
We're waiting to hear from Government how business leaders from the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership which covers the two counties and the 13 councils willing to become full members of a Combined Authority for the region can progress ahead with a devolution deal.
The 13 councils are:
- Ashfield District Council
- Bolsover District Council
- Broxtowe Borough Council
- Derby City Council
- Derbyshire County Council
- Derbyshire Dales District Council
- Gedling Borough Council
- Mansfield District Council
- Newark and Sherwood District Council
- North East Derbyshire District Council
- Nottingham City Council
- Nottinghamshire County Council
- Rushcliffe Borough Council
The combined authority, together with a new Mayor elected by people living in the combined authority area, would be granted powers and resources currently held in London. It would gain responsibility for delivering a raft of new measures to boost economic growth, create jobs, build new homes and improve the quality of life for people living in the area.
A copy of the draft North Midlands Devolution Agreement is available in the related documents section.
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