CABINET CALL: Why I am in favour of devolution - by council leader Coun Gary Porter

Coun Gary Porter told members of South Holland District Council why he thinks devolution will benefit Greater Lincolnshire.
Coun Gary Porter told members of South Holland District Council why he thinks devolution will benefit Greater Lincolnshire.
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The next few weeks should see some real progress made on the Greater Lincolnshire Devolution deal.

The ten councils involved are continuing to negotiate the terms of a deal which would enable a Mayoral Combined Authority to be set up, in exchange for devolved funding and powers relating to housing, infrastructure spend, skills and public protection.

The deal could potentially boost the area’s economy by £8bn, create 29,000 jobs and provide 100,000 new homes, so there are big benefits in the offing.

All councils will consider the proposal and whether they agree to be part of it at meetings over the coming weeks.

The first of these took place at North Lincolnshire Council last Thursday, with their members voting to push ahead with the plans.

South Holland will be one of the last of the ten councils to consider the deal, with our meeting happening on October 26.

If all councils vote their support and the government is in agreement, the detail will be considered by Parliamentary Select Committees and the combined authority will be up and running by January next year.

As I have said all along, the deal is great news for the people and businesses of South Holland.

And it’s not just me backing it – when we held a public consultation, the majority of South Holland respondents were in favour too.

Devolution will mean we can take decisions about how to spend government money for growth and prosperity – decisions that are currently made for us in London.

The deal could potentially boost the area’s economy by £8bn, create 29,000 jobs and provide 100,000 new homes, so there are big benefits in the offing.

Greater Lincolnshire will additionally receive £15 million a year, for the next 30 years to support key infrastructure projects selected by the new Greater Lincolnshire Combined Authority.

We will also take control of government money that pays for skills and further education, enabling us to better match training to the needs of employers.

We are committed to helping the local economy to develop and thrive and that’s why I believe devolution will be a big positive step.