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Devolution. It’s a big deal. But what’s it really all about?
Devolution deals have already been announced for many areas across the country and a lot of them are already beginning to reap the benefits.
All of the areas have highlighted how the devolution of powers from London to the local area will lead to quicker and better decision making that will help create faster growth and more jobs.
We believe that Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire cannot afford to be left behind.
That is why all 19 local authorities across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire and the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership and the East Midlands Chamber have been working together to secure a devolution deal for the area.
In the week before Christmas, a deal document was sent down to the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Greg Clark. The document, which is available on local authority websites, outlines the key benefits that a deal would bring to the area.
- 55,000 new private sector jobs
- 77,000 extra homes
- An investment Fund that will drive major local improvements over the next 30 years
- Skills training that matches the needs of local employers
- Decision making on roads, rail and bus services will be more joined up with the introduction of single ticketing. This will mean less congestion and fewer delays
- Development and planning decisions will be speedier and improved to allow housing to be built in the most suitable locations
- Support for businesses to thrive with universal access to super-fast broadband
- Substantially more apprenticeships and improved support to get people back to work.
Why would a devolution deal make such a difference?
It would mean that the people who know best – those that live and work locally – would take the decisions that affect the local area. People who know what local people want and the types of housing and transport solutions they need in their communities. People who want to see things change quickly and not stuck in endless debates and studies.
On top of this, the Government is offering significantly more money to make this happen, to finance major new schemes to improve rail connections, help more young people into work through apprenticeships and to build new homes which are affordable.
What difference would devolution make to people’s lives?
Devolution offers a great deal for businesses and local families.
Local families will not only see an area where there are more jobs on offer but also improved road, rail and public transport. A new London-style Oyster travel card will allow single-ticket journeys at an affordable cost. In addition, affordable homes built in the best places to take advantage of the new transport solutions will help create the conditions for a thriving local economy.
Businesses would be able to get on with the job of creating jobs. They would be able to recruit young people who already have the right skills or those that want to learn through one of the 110,000 new apprenticeships.
How would devolution decisions be taken?
A Combined Authority would be created including representatives from all 19 local authorities and a representative from the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (who will not have voting rights).
Decisions about the new powers devolved from Government would be taken by the Combined Authority and a directly elected Mayor to be appointed by local people.
Local councils will not lose any of their decision making powers unless they agree otherwise.
What about the name?
The Government said that we were not able to use the East Midlands title for our Combined Authority as this is a recognised geographical area that is wider than just Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. As a result the 19 leaders voted to change the name to “North Midlands”.
How can I show my support?
We need as many people as possible to spread the message about the benefits that devolution can bring to the local area. Talk to your family, friends and neighbours. Encourage your MP and local business leaders to get behind the deal.
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