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Devolution

Devolution

HAVE YOUR SAY

A public consultation is underway to seek local views on how this proposed combined authority would be run. Go straight to the consultation survey, or for more information go to ‘Have Your Say

The consultation closed on 15 August 2016.

Commenting on decision by Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire councils decision to move forward with the devolution deal to the area, Stephen Robertson, Chair of the West of England Local Enterprise partnership said:

“The West of England Local Enterprise Partnership welcomes the news that Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire councillors have had the foresight and courage to accept the ambitious devolution deal which transfers new strategic powers and responsibilities to local decision-makers, bringing with it almost £1billion of new funding to the West of England. This is a tremendous step forward for business and residents. 

The deal will build on the successful joint working arrangements in place, be a real catalyst for sustainable, long-term growth and ensure the West of England can reach its full potential as the most productive economy outside London and a great place to live and work."

The West of England is the most productive city region outside of London, with a number of flourishing sectors, including: creative, health, advanced engineering, aerospace, food and drink, business services such as legal, property and insurance and a growing “low carbon” technologies and services industry. The deal could mean a significant boost to economic growth and prosperity for businesses and citizens.

The West of England Combined Authority Mayoral election is due to take place in May 2017.

News coverage:
Bath & North East Somerset Council
Council moves forward with next step for West of England devolution deal
Bristol
Bristol votes to move forward with West of England devolution deal
South Gloucestershire
Council moves forward with next step for West of England devolution deal


On these pages you can find detail of the Devolution Deal and some information prepared by local business in support of the deal.

The agreement will see:

  • The creation of a West of England Investment Fund to deliver infrastructure to boost economic growth. Government will provide £30m a year for funding towards this fund for 30 years, or £900m. Additional sums from other sources take the total over and above £1 billion.
  • Devolution of multi-year transport budgets, enabling the area to deliver more ambitious transport projects with greater certainty. This will be coupled with further powers over transport including the ability to franchise bus services and responsibility for a Key Routes Network of roads.
  • Responsibility for the new Adult Education Budget from 2018/19, helping the West of
  • England ensure that adult skills provision meets the needs of local businesses and learners.
  • Enhanced powers to speed up the delivery of new housing where most needed and resist unsustainable developments that are not in line with jointly agreed planning policies.
  • Closer cooperation between government and the West of England on promoting trade and investment with the region.
  • Co-design with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) of the new National Work and
  • Health Programme focusing on supporting those with a health condition or disability and the very long-term unemployed. The West of England will also bring forward a pilot scheme to offer intensive support for those furthest from the labour market.
  • Support for realising the potential of the Bristol and Bath Science Park, the Food Enterprise
  • Zone at Junction 21 of the M5 and the development of the West of England Growth Hub.

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Devolution Infographics

Devolution Investment per head

Economic intelligence

Economic intelligence

A number of reports and bulletins have been produced providing information and analysis about the economy and labour market in the West of England
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Skills

Skills

The LEP is working hard to ensure skills match employers' needs
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