People in North East Lincolnshire are being asked for their views on the creation of a Mayoral Combined Authority with a Directly Elected Mayor for the Greater Lincolnshire area.
Launched today (Monday, June 27) the consultation will run for six weeks, closing on August 8 at 5pm.
Ten local authorities, from the Humber to the Wash, have joined together to devolve some powers, responsibilities and funding from Government to Greater Lincolnshire. This means more decisions on public services would be made locally, rather than nationally.
If all ten councils sign up to this, some changes would happen. A ‘Mayoral Combined Authority’ would be established. The Authority would be made up of elected councillors from the ten councils and a representative from the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership. The Authority would be chaired by the Directly Elected Mayor, chosen by Greater Lincolnshire residents.
The Combined Authority would not replace existing councils or affect the services they already provide. It would only be responsible for the new powers and funding devolved from central Government, which include transport, housing, skills-training and flood risk management.
Under the deal an additional £450 million over the next 30 years (£15 million per year) would be provided for investment in housing and infrastructure. It could also help to develop a better approach to skills training provision and criminal justice services in the area.
Councillor Ray Oxby, Leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, said last month members of the authority discussed and supported the proposals, but also agreed to a public consultation before going any further.
This is a major shift in the way decisions could be made in future and residents can help shape this by telling us what they think of the proposals.
We really hope people take the opportunity of giving us their views and I’d encourage as many people and businesses as possible to take part.’
Cllr Liz Redfern, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council said:
We have a great opportunity to be part of a major deal that would see more business opportunities, jobs, investment and new homes. It would mean additional money, greater powers and responsibilities coming to the Greater Lincolnshire area by all councils working together for the benefit of the region.
For this to happen, a mayoral combined authority would need to be created overseen by a directly elected mayor. We are now asking for residents views on the scheme to help shape the way decisions are made in the future. Please make sure you share your views and complete the survey. It is vital that residents have their say on the proposals.
The combined authority would be a greater force that would speed up decisions and deliver what is needed locally.
The consultation also seeks views from the community on whether, if a Mayoral Combined Authority was established, they would want to see the role of Mayor combined with that of Police and Commissioner if it reduced administrative costs.
For the roles to be combined there would need to be a change made by Government to the Police and Crime Commissioner boundaries, as currently the Greater Lincolnshire area is served by both the Lincolnshire and Humberside Commissioners.
We want your views on the Scheme for the establishment of a Mayoral Combined Authority for Greater Lincolnshire. Visit www.nelincs.gov.uk/devolution or www.northlincs.gov.uk/devolution to have your say or pick up a consultation form and read the supporting information at your local Council Access Point or library. Frequently Asked Questions, along with other useful information, are available online.
The consultation closes on August 8 at 5pm. Responses will be reviewed before each council will then have to formally agree the deal later this year.