Latest position on North Midlands devolution deal
The leaders of 13 Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire councils have confirmed their commitment to the creation of a North Midlands Combined Authority, with the ultimate aim of shifting resources and decision-making away from London and into the hands of local people.
At a meeting in Mansfield in March, the leaders agreed to work towards creating a Combined Authority as a first step with the goal of securing a devolution deal in the future.
It was agreed at the meeting that the next steps were to:
- Explore options with the Government about moving forward
- Discuss these options at the next meetings of the N2 Economic Prosperity Committee (18 March) and the D2 Strategic Leaders (date TBC)
- Report back to the next North Midlands Leaders’ meeting
Out of the 19 local authorities, there are four that have indicated that they currently do not want to be a constituent or non-constituent member of a mayoral North Midlands Combined Authority:
- High Peak
- South Derbyshire
- Amber Valley
Chesterfield have said that they would like to be a non-constituent member of a North Midlands Combined Authority and join Sheffield City Region as a constituent member. Bassetlaw District Council is meeting to decide its position on 17 March.