Latest Public Sector News

27.04.18

East Midlands explores devolution deal to ‘match clout’ of WMCA

A devolution deal extending across the whole of the East Midlands is being explored, council leaders have confirmed.

It is hoped that the deal would provide balance across the Midlands Engine (ME) area to match the clout of the West Midlands Combined Authority.

Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire County Councils are believed to have been involved in preliminary conversations.

Cllr Barry Lewis, Derbyshire County Council leader, said that the possibility of a wider devolution deal is being explored, working with all the upper tier authorities including the cities.

This, we hope, will provide balance across the Midlands Engine area, to match the weight and clout of the West Midlands Combined Authority and its elected mayor,” he explained.

He added: “Since the notion of elected mayors is off the table, and had proved controversial here in the past, there seems to be a feeling that this is the right time.”

It is hoped that this new way of working, under the banner of the Midlands Engine, would enable the region to compete with the Northern Powerhouse, which Lewis said could add real economic drive to the vision outlined by the ME and Sir John Peace recently.

The leaders hope that the deal will allow them to “pull critical levers” with the government to devolve a range of powers and investment opportunities to the East Midlands - an area that Lewis says has been identified as being weak in attracting government support.

The Derbyshire leader concluded: “Working with the East Midlands Councils the input of district and borough colleagues will be valued.

“It’s still early days but we hope to have a working outline to test government support soon.”

The region has tried for devolution deals in the past, but in 2015 and 2016 faltered over the requirement to adopt an elected mayor.

Last year Nottingham and Derby city councils were accused of “secret and underhand” plans to expand their boundaries without proper consultation, which left the leaders of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire county council concerned that large areas of the counties could be swallowed up into a huge new authority.

Top image: Dave Bevis

 

Enjoying PSE? Subscribe here to receive our weekly news updates or click here to receive a copy of the magazine!

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

related

public sector executive tv

more videos >

last word

Prevention: Investing for the future

Prevention: Investing for the future

Rob Whiteman, CEO at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPFA), discusses the benefits of long-term preventative investment. Rising demand, reducing resource – this has been the r more > more last word articles >

public sector focus

View all News

comment

Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Bei... more >
How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

19/06/2019How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

Tom Chance, director at the National Community Land Trust Network, argues t... more >

interviews

Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

17/12/2018Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

It’s no secret that the public sector and its service providers need ... more >

the raven's daily blog

Utilising data to best deliver meaningful public services

14/11/2019Utilising data to best deliver meaningful public services

Public Sector Executive’s Matt Roberts explains how living in a modern, interconnected world, as we do, means public sector organisations cannot afford to ignore the rol... more >
read more blog posts from 'the raven' >

editor's comment

25/10/2017Take a moment to celebrate

Devolution, restructuring and widespread service reform: from a journalist’s perspective, it’s never been a more exciting time to report on the public sector. That’s why I could not be more thrilled to be taking over the reins at PSE at this key juncture. There could not be a feature that more perfectly encapsulates this feeling of imminent change than the article James Palmer, mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, has penned for us on p28. In it, he highlights... read more >