£1.14 billion devolution deal for the East Midlands

Government has today announced agreement in principle with the four upper tier authorities on a £1.14 billion East Midlands devolution deal.

The upper tier authorities – Derbyshire County Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, Derby City Council and Nottingham City Council – will this afternoon (Tuesday 30 August) officially accept the deal offered by Greg Clarke MP, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. It will require new legislation from central government before moving forward.

The deal, which would involve the election of a Mayor for the region in 2024, promises an extra £38 million a year coming into the East Midlands.

The councils will work now on the details of the deal and each council will take a report to approve a more detailed proposal for a consultation later this year, so that residents, businesses, and other organisations can have their say.

Our statement on the announcement is:
"We welcome the additional investment and opportunities promised by government in the devolution deal and the involvement of districts and boroughs as non-constituent members of the new combined authority.
"We now need time to study the deal in detail before responding formally as a council. This will happen during the scheduled consultation period in October and November."
View the devolution deal document on the government's website.

The deal means that a future mayor and combined authority could:
  • Work towards Net Zero and cleaner air with new low carbon homes, retrofit existing houses with external wall insulation, promote the use of renewable energy, and protect and enhance green spaces, such as areas for wildlife and green verges.
  • Build on the region’s existing knowledge and expertise in green technology and promote the growth of a future low carbon economy by investing in related skills training at colleges and other training facilities.
  • Set up and coordinate smart integrated ticketing and enhanced concessionary fares schemes.
  • Work with Homes England to build more affordable homes, by using new powers to buy land and housing (With district and borough council consent).
  • Enhance the region’s economy by developing new commercial space to maximise opportunities. Work with national government on initiatives to address homelessness, domestic abuse, community safety, social mobility, and support for young people.
  • Take advantage of economies of scale by using combined and devolved budgets to deliver more value for taxpayers and more cost-efficient services.

Levelling up Secretary Greg Clark said:
“The East Midlands is renowned for its economic dynamism and it has the potential to lead Britain’s economy of the future. For a long time I have believed that the East Midlands should have the powers and devolved budgets that other areas in Britain have been benefiting from and I am thrilled to be able to bring that about in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
"I am impressed by the way councils in the region have come together to agree the first deal of this kind in the country, which will benefit residents in all of the great cities, towns and villages across the area of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.”
Government has today announced agreement in principle with the four upper tier authorities on a £1.14 billion East Midlands devolution deal.

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