Lincolnshire County Council, along with the nine other councils in Greater Lincolnshire, has been talking to the Government about transferring some powers and resources to this area.
LCC believes that this ‘devolution’ deal could be a real opportunity to improve local services for residents, bring about stronger economic growth and increase the number of jobs. There would also be the opportunity to gain further responsibilities and funding from Government in the future.
It would mean that more decisions on some public services would be made locally rather than nationally. Some of the new powers, funding and responsibilities we have requested would provide additional investment for housing and infrastructure. Services already provided by councils in Greater Lincolnshire would be unaffected.
A proposed deal would see an additional £450m over the next 30 years (£15m per year) for Greater Lincolnshire. It could also help us develop a better approach to skills training provision and criminal justice services in the area.
If all ten councils sign up to this, some changes would happen. A ‘Mayoral Combined Authority’ would be established – a board including elected councillors from the ten councils and a representative from the Greater Lincolnshire Enterprise Partnership. The Authority would be chaired by a Directly Elected Mayor who would be chosen by the people of Greater Lincolnshire. This Mayoral Combined Authority would only have responsibility for the new powers devolved from the Government.
Before anything is put in place, LCC hopes to find out the views of various partners.
The consultation, along with supporting documents, including Frequently Asked Questions and Equality Impact Assessment, can be found at this link – https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/local-democracy/finding-your-views/greater-lincolnshire/
Please do take this opportunity to have your say.
This is an independent consultation distributed on behalf on Lincolnshire County Council and is in no way associated with Voluntary Centre Services.