New East Anglia Devolution Details Announced

Proposed devolution deals for East Anglia published would deliver £300m over five years for housing and £45m a year (for 30 years) to increase jobs, provide better infrastructure and drive growth in local businesses and the economy.

Negotiations with government have seen the funding on offer increase from what was in the original deal published in March 2016 - £175m for housing and £30m a year for infrastructure.

Discussions also led to a proposal to have two deals (Norfolk/Suffolk and Cambridgeshire/Peterborough), which council leaders and LEPs believe is the best way to get the most benefit for the people, places and businesses across East Anglia.

Key elements of proposed Norfolk/Suffolk deal are:

  • £25m funding each year for the next 30 years (£750m) to support economic growth, development of local infrastructure and jobs (this will increase the local economy to £43bn and create 95,000 jobs by 2026)
  • £130m investment over five years to support the building of new homes across Norfolk and Suffolk (including £30m across Ipswich and Norwich). This will enable around 10,300 homes to be delivered 
  • Over the lifetime of the deal around 200,000 homes could be delivered
  • Control of a £225m guaranteed transport budget for the next four years
  • Control of an existing c£20m annual adult skills fund to ensure the training offer matches the needs of local businesses and the local labour market
  • Control of an existing c£2m annual Apprenticeship Grant for employers
  • Greater control over who (and how) delivers transport services in Norfolk and Suffolk, ensuring that transport integrates better and there are more options for local residents
  • More control and influence over investment in key roads across Norfolk and Suffolk, ensuring maintenance and improvements can be prioritised locally, rather than having to compete with works across the country
  • A commitment to providing superfast broadband and improved mobile phone reception in more communities, particularly in rural areas
  • That the relevant councils will work with the NHS to bring together health and social care services to provide a more joined up, single service for residents
  • Relevant authorities and partners take an Norfolk/Suffolk wide approach to flood and coastal risk management to better protect people, property and land from flooding
     
    Key elements of proposed Cambridgeshire/Peterborough deal are:
     
  • £20m funding each year for the next 30 years (£600m) to support economic growth, development of local infrastructure and jobs (this will increase the local economy by over £20bn)
  • £170m investment over five years to support the building of new homes across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough (including £70m for Cambridge City). Over the lifetime of the deal some 72,000 homes will be delivered
  • Control of a £91m guaranteed transport budget for the next four years
  • Control of an existing c£20m annual adult skills fund to ensure the training offer match the needs of local businesses and the local labour market
  • Control of an existing c£2m annual Apprenticeship Grant for employers
  • Greater control over who (and how) delivers transport services in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, ensuring that transport integrates better and there are more options for local residents
  • More control and influence over investment in key roads across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, ensuring maintenance and improvements can be prioritised locally, rather than having to compete with works across the country
  • A commitment to providing superfast broadband and improved mobile phone reception in more communities, particularly in rural areas
  • That the relevant councils will work with the NHS to bring together health and social care services to provide a more joined up, single service for residents

Cambridge City Council say they will consider the government’s proposals at a special meeting of the full council on Monday 27 June at 6pm.

Along with a Peterborough City Council meeting that evening, these will be the first of seven council meetings to decide on devolution and a new mayor.

If the plans are supported by the councils, there would be a consultation with residents and employers across the city from 4 July for seven weeks, before any final decision is made on the deal.

Each deal would have a Combined Authority and a Directly Elected Mayor but there would be joint working across East Anglia to improve transport and other infrastructure. 
 
The Combined Authorities would decide the most effective and efficient level to deliver services to ensure the best possible outcomes for communities.
 
Andy Wood, who has led negotiations with Government on behalf of council leaders and the LEPs said:

"The main focus of all our discussions has been to ensure we got the best possible settlement for the people of East Anglia. I believe what is on the table is one of the best settlements in the country.
 
The timeframes have certainly been challenging but I believe the proposed deals represent a great opportunity for Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. 

Government has recognised the importance of East Anglia to the economy, and the different needs and opportunities of its town and cities. Through productive negotiations we have been able to secure more funding for East Anglia than was in the original deal."
 
Government has been clear that councils need to approve the proposed deals before they will formally agree them.

All councils and both LEPs will debate the matter before the end of June. If all councils and LEPs endorse the deal and the associated governance scheme relevant to them, public consultation will take place during July and August. 
 
Views from public consultation are reported to the Secretary of State for him to consider before creating combined authorities and putting in place arrangements for mayoral elections in May 2017.

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