County Council unveils proposals for regional devolution
County Council and 19 partners across the region have outlined
their case for a devolution deal which would benefit the region.
Statement of Intent has been submitted to Government
in response to its appetite to devolve powers and budgets from
key themes of Economic growth; Health, social care and wellbeing;
and Infrastructure and local resilience, the document is not a
fully worked-up proposal, but sets the scene for discussions with
Government about what powers could be devolved.
has been prepared by Somerset and Devon local authorities and
follows meetings held in August, kicked-off by a devolution summit
organised by Somerset County Council.
total, 20 local partners are involved in the submission, which
will have the support and endorsement of the business community
through the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership,
which covers Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay.
John Osman, Leader of the County Council, who called the initial
August summit, said: "A lot of authorities have done a lot
of work in a very short time to prepare this document - thats
another example of what can be achieved when authorities in the
region pull together where we have common ground."
are very early stages, but we are ambitious and believe that devolution
would help us create jobs, build the right infrastructure and
make progress on key issues like health and social care integration."
have shared goals with our partners and will be working very closely
with them in the coming weeks and months to move things forward."
partners involved in the devolution Statement of Intent are as
Heart of the South West LEP
Somerset County Council
Somersets district and borough councils: Mendip, Sedgemoor,
South Somerset, Taunton Deane and West Somerset
Devon County Council
Devons district and borough councils: East Devon,
Mid Devon, North Devon, South Hams, Teignbridge, Torridge and
Plymouth City Council
Exeter City Council
Exmoor National Park
Dartmoor National Park
full Statement of Intent is available on the County Councils