Heart of the South West Devolution - Newsletter 9

Heart of the South West

29 January 2016

Welcome to the latest newsletter from the Heart of the South West Devolution Programme Management Office. Please share this newsletter with colleagues and in your own communications.

Since September last year, when we submitted our Statement of Intent to Government, a huge amount of work has been undertaken by all partners to turn those ambitions into a more detailed negotiation prospectus.

The prospectus has now been written and follows months of concentrated work by council chiefs in Devon, Somerset, Plymouth and Torbay with 13 district councils, Dartmoor and Exmoor national parks, the local NHS and the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership.

On 25 January, Heart of the South West partners came together and agreed the negotiating prospectus, subject to formal approval by those partners who have yet to go through their internal 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.

Best wishes

Heart of the South West Devolution Programme Management Office

Devolution prospectus

Update on the Devolution Prospectus

The prospectus, available here, covers over a whole range of topics that aim to generate higher productivity and better-paid jobs, improved road, rail and broadband links, and more homes for the region’s growing population. More information

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Late January – February 2016: Remaining partners approve the prospectus

February onwards: Engagement with key stakeholders

Late February 2016: Target for submitting prospectus to Government

Late February onwards: Discussion and formal negotiation with Government on the terms of a devolution deal