Derbyshire’s combined authority plans move a step closer

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Plans to turn all of Derbyshire’s councils into one Combined Authority were given the go-ahead at a Cabinet meeting today.

Leader of Derbyshire County Council Anne Western called it an ‘historic day’ as the union of the county’s eight district and borough councils along with Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council moved one step closer to being a reality.

The Combined Authority move aims to boost jobs and the local economy.

Coun Western said: “This isn’t about merging local councils – each one would continue to run services in their own right.

“A Combined Authority is the key to unlocking a devolution deal from government and will put us on an equal footing with the big northern cities.

“It would mean councils across Derbyshire coming together to improve the local economy and conditions that support growth and create jobs for the good of the whole of Derby and Derbyshire. It will also mean we can access more government funding to help do this.”

She added: “We are setting the template for two-tier local government up and down the country. We’ve got huge ambitions we just need the tools to do the job properly.

“Working together on this proposal has already transformed relationships between councils across the county and I’m pleased that local people have recognised this is a brilliant opportunity to change the way councils do business and help us to work in a more efficient way.”

If the plans are approved by all 10 councils – including at a meeting of the county council’s full council tomorrow – the proposals will be submitted during the next two weeks to central government for further formal consultation, with a view to setting up a Combined Authority in October.