Derbyshire and Notts reveal devolution pitch

5 Jan 16

Council leaders in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire have called on ministers to approve a draft devolution deal that would establish a directly elected mayor across the two counties and could create 55,000 jobs.

A total of 19 authorities today set out details of their devolution negotiations with ministers, following an initial declaration of interest last September.

The proposals include creating a single combined authority for the “D2N2” local enterprise partnership area of Derby city and Derbyshire, and Nottingham city and Nottinghamshire. This would be first time that a combined authority – which have been created around cities as part of the government’s devolution drive – has been formed with district, borough, city and county councils.

The authority and mayor would be given powers over a host of areas to boost economic growth, according to details published today. These include a 30-year infrastructure investment fund and a joint transport, as well as an Oyster-style smart ticketing system. The post would also be given greater control of adult skills spending to ensure this matches the needs of local businesses, and more responsibility for back to work schemes such as the Work Programme.
According to the authorities, the majority of the deal has broad agreement following negotiations, with only a small number of issues now requiring final discussion and sign off.

Nottingham City Council leader Jon Collins said it was vital that the public and businesses had a clear idea about the proposals, so the authorities had decided to publish the draft agreement.

"Following a request from government, we have renamed our bid as North Midlands, which more accurately reflects the geographical area covered and will be able to align with the same name for the combined authority,” he said.

"The talks between government and the North Midlands devolution deal team have been extremely positive throughout, with both sides clearly committed to an agreement. But now is the time to seal the deal.”

Nottinghamshire County Council leader Alan Rhodes stated this was “a once-in-a-generation opportunity to secure the jobs, growth, new homes and better quality of life we all crave for our communities”.

He added: “The benefits to the local economy and local people are clear – we just await the green light from the chancellor.”

The full list of authorities signed up to the devolution bid is:

Amber Valley Borough Council

Ashfield District Council

Bassetlaw District Council

Bolsover District Council

Broxtowe Borough Council

Chesterfield Borough Council

Derby City Council

Derbyshire County Council

Derbyshire Dales District Council

Erewash Borough Council

Gedling Borough Council

High Peak Borough Council

Mansfield District Council

Newark and Sherwood District Council

North East Derbyshire District Council

Nottingham City Council

Nottinghamshire County Council

Rushcliffe Borough Council

South Derbyshire District Council

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