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New powers for Derbyshire

We're working with 3 other councils in the East Midlands to bring decision making powers out of Westminster and attract more investment to the region.

The East Midlands has seen years of under-investment, compared to other areas of the country like Greater Manchester, and the opportunity to 'level up' has come from the government through their new offer of County Deals. Nine areas across the country have been chosen to explore the potential of a new agreement with the government with an announcement expected in the autumn.

We have teamed up with Nottinghamshire County Council, Derby City Council and Nottingham City Council to propose the creation of a Mayoral Combined Authority for the East Midlands. This combined authority would bring more funding to the area to be spent on local needs like creating more jobs, improving transport and delivering better skills training.

It could see millions of pounds of new investment come to Derbyshire, making a real difference to people’s lives.

Leader of the council, Councillor Barry Lewis said:

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to redress underfunding by successive governments and to ultimately improve life for local people through new investment, better training and job opportunities along with upgraded and more connected public transport.

“Our residents deserve nothing less than for us to seize this opportunity on their behalf with the potential to deliver the biggest improvements for our communities.”

The new authority, which will be focused on delivering the new powers given to the region by government rather than replacing the existing councils, could be led by an elected mayor.