This is the
first weekly update from the Heart of the South West Devolution Programme
this newsletter with your colleagues, and please do use the information
provided in your own communications.
If you would
like to give us any feedback on this newsletter, or would like more information on
any of the topics discussed, please email us on DevolutionPMO@somerset.gov.uk and our team will gladly help
Heart of the
South West Devolution Programme Management Office
Who is involved?
authorities, together with the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise
Partnership, are leading on devolution for the Heart of the South West area,
though many other organisations are involved.
See the full list
Letter from the Rt Hon Greg Clark
MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
all Heart of the South West council Leaders received a formal letter from the Secretary
of State responding to the Statement
of Intent we submitted
on 4 September.
congratulated us on our hard work, said that he was keen to work with us on a
formal devolution agreement, and that he has asked his team to work with us on
This is a
key step forward for the Heart of the South West, and demonstrates that our
overall ambition is one that the Government shares and would like to develop.
On Monday 5
October Leaders and Chief Executives met to develop their ideas for devolution and
agree some next steps, including the following