Welcome to the fourth weekly update from the Heart of the
South West Devolution Programme Management Office. Please share this newsletter
with colleagues and in your own communications.
This week, we’ve collated news of the latest devolution
deals to show what others are saying, doing, and thinking.
In the coming week our theme leads will complete their first
drafts of their chapters, including offers, asks and outcomes. After a
discussion on ambition and scope at the meeting of Leaders and Chief Executives
on 12 November, those chapters will be combined into a single draft which we
will develop into the final Bid. Further work on evidence base, targets etc
will continue and be fed into the draft.
On 4 November Somerset County Council’s Cabinet endorsed the
approach being taken to produce the bid by the deadline of 18 December. That
report can be read here and adapted for partner’s use.
Also, a resource pack is being
finalised and will be distributed to partner authorities very soon. It will
include a library of presentation slides and outline report templates to help
prepare partners prepare their decision-making processes.
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 you.
Heart of the South West Devolution Programme Management
New Devolution Deals
Sheffield Devolution Deal
announced on 2 October
On 2 October the
Chancellor confirmed a devolution deal for Sheffield giving them greater control over
transport, planning, growth funding, skills provision, employment support,
business support and infrastructure.
North East Devolution
Deal announced on 23 October
for the North East Combined Authority devolves powers and funds to deliver
employment support and skills provision, business support inward investment and
innovation, housing and planning, transport integration, rural growth, some
regulatory functions and a commission on health and social care
Devolution announced on 23 October
Valley Devolution Agreement, also announced on the 23 October, devolves
power to create an investment fund, control over growth-boosting budgets,
freedom to review the education, skills and employment system, and set up a
land commission. It also devolves business support and a multi-year transport