South Holland councillors to vote on county devolution deal

Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.  Photo by Nick Robinson.

Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Photo by Nick Robinson.

  • Area to decide on powers to be handed down from Government
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South Holland District Council is to decide next week on whether it backs plans for a new Greater Lincolnshire Combined Authority.

An extra £15 million a year, as well as a new Greater Lincolnshire Mayor, could all be introduced if South Holland District Council backs a Greater Lincolnshire layer of government at a meeting on October 26.

But under Government rules, all ten district, borough and county councils in Lincolnshire have to say “yes” if powers are to be passed down from Westminster to the new authority, to include both North and North East Lincolnshire councils.

In a letter to the councils, Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, said: “The ground-breaking Greater Lincolnshire Devolution Deal includes guaranteed new funding of £450 million to invest in new infrastructure for the region.

“It also includes a multi-year transport budget, new powers to improve bus services across the region, devolution of adult education funding, commitments to develop innovative proposals that seek to support people back into work and commitments to joint working around criminal justice and flood management.

“The impact, if one or more local authorities no longer supported the agreed deal, would mean the statutory process to establish the Mayoral Combined Authority would need to begin afresh.

I believe the Greater Lincolnshire Devolution Deal is a powerful statement of our shared ambition to ensure the ongoing success of your part of the country

Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

“As a result, a new deal would have to be agreed and we could not guarantee any part of the current deal would be taken forward into a new deal.

“I believe the Greater Lincolnshire Devolution Deal is a powerful statement of our shared ambition to ensure the ongoing success of your part of the country.

“Therefore, I am keen that over the coming weeks we secure this agreed deal which will lead to further opportunities to gain powers and resources.”