Devolution is the beginning of a new chapter in local government, as proposals to bring decision making closer to the communities they affect, rather than in Whitehall, are taken forward.
This short video from the Local Government Association explains what devolution is in just 60 seconds.
Selby District Council has been proactively involved in a series of discussions that have resulted in the submission of proposals to Government about creating new combined local authorities.
This is part of the Government’s ‘devolution’ plan to give more power and spending to local areas. These powers will allow us to more effectively align national funding to our local priorities and objectives, delivering more effective services to our residents, promoting economic growth and increasing local democracy.
The process follows the success of other devolution deals like the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, which has been given control of decisions and funding that used to sit with Whitehall. The Authority’s new powers include:
The region's new powers and funding include:
- more control of local transport, with a long-term government budget to help plan a more modern, better-connected network
- new planning powers to encourage regeneration and development
- a new £300m fund for housing: enough for an extra 15,000 new homes over ten years
- extra funding to get up to 50,000 people back into work
- incentives to skills-providers to develop more work-related training
- extra budget to support and develop local businesses
The Government have made it clear that in order to access the opportunities available through devolution, it would be necessary for other Local Authorities to also work together and pool resources/functions across larger geographies.
None of the proposals formally commits Selby District Council to a particular option, however, and work is ongoing with partners before any decision on the proposals goes forward for formal consideration.