An update has been released by Baroness Redfern, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council and Lead Councillor and political spokesperson for governance in the Greater Lincolnshire Devolution Proposals.
Baroness Redfern said: “On September 4, ten councils and other public sector organisations in the Greater Lincolnshire area submitted an expression of interest to the Government, to start negotiations about devolved powers and funds that would help us improve quality of life and prosperity.
“On October 28, representatives from Greater Lincolnshire including the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), met with the Minister of State for Local Government Marcus Jones MP, to press our case. The Minister welcomed the scale of the area’s ambitions, indicated the Government’s intent to pursue such a deal and invited further purposeful negotiations to bring it about.
“Since then work has continued looking at the specific themes in the proposal, holding discussions with civil servants from relevant Government departments and looking at arrangements that need to be in place if we are able to proceed with our ambitious plans.
“We have started looking at the options of how a ‘combined authority’ could potentially be managed and governed. To make sure we are operationally ready to take on any new responsibilities, it is proposed to establish a joint committee of the local authorities. The remit of this joint committee will be to have oversight of the continuing discussions with Government, develop the governance arrangements and to operate as the “Greater Lincolnshire Leadership Board” - leading the accelerated growth agenda, in partnership with the LEPs.
“This rightly has to be discussed by all ten councils so a paper proposing that a governance review be conducted to determine the best governance arrangements to implement devolved powers from government is being taken to council meetings in each authority between now and Christmas.
“These governance reviews will take place in the new year whilst discussion with government on a possible devolution deal continue.”