Two weeks left to give views on devolution

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There are less than two weeks left for people living and working in Greater Lincolnshire to have their say on proposals to create a Mayoral Combined Authority with a directly-elected Mayor for the area.

The consultation will close on August 8 at 5pm.

Ten local authorities, from the Humber to the Wash, have joined together to ask for some powers, responsibilities and funding from Government to be devolved to Greater Lincolnshire, meaning more decisions on public services would be made locally, rather than at a national level.

If all 10 councils sign up to this, a ‘Mayoral Combined Authority’ would be established - made up of elected councillors from the 10 councils and a representative from the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, and 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, and could also help to develop a better approach to skills training provision and criminal justice services.

Visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/greaterlincs to have your say, or pick up a consultation form and read the supporting information at your local Council Access Point or library.