Devolution talks head to South Holland

Devolution talks head to South Holland District Council.
Devolution talks head to South Holland District Council.
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Talks are continuing for South Holland to take its place alongside other authorities across Greater Lincolnshire for a greater share of powers to shape its future.

South Holland District Council voted to join talks on the so-called ‘devolution agenda’, alongside other groups – including Lincolnshire County Council, South Kesteven District Council and Boston Borough Council – at a meeting in October.

Since then representatives from Greater Lincolnshire including the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) have met with the Minister of State for Local Government Marcus Jones MP, to press for the case.

The first council to consider the Interim Governance Proposal will be North Lincolnshire Council (NLC).

Baroness Redfern, leader of NLC and lead councillor and political spokesperson for governance in the Greater Lincolnshire Devolution Proposals, said: “The Minister welcomed the scale of the area’s ambitions, indicated the Government’s intent to pursue such a deal and invited further purposeful negotiations to bring it about.

“We have started looking at the options of how a ‘combined authority’ could potentially be managed and governed. This rightly has to be discussed by all ten councils so a paper proposing that a governance review be conducted to determine the best governance arrangements to implement devolved powers from government is being taken to council meetings in each authority between now and Christmas. These governance reviews will take place in the new year whilst discussion with government on a possible devolution deal continue.”

South Holland District Council will consider the proposals on December 16.