In March 2016, councils in the Greater Lincolnshire area signed a headline deal with the Government to have powers, resources and responsibilities devolved to the area. The first deal includes a single pot of £450m of investment funds (£15m per year for 30 years) in addition to these devolved powers.
The government has made clear that a Mayoral Combined Authority would be required in order to implement this deal.
Members of all ten councils involved will now see more detailed proposals outlining the governance structure and functions that a mayoral combined authority could have, and will be asked to approve a public consultation on these proposals, which would begin no later than 4 July 2016.
The public consultation will seek feedback on the proposals, and the results will accompany the governance proposals that will be submitted to the Secretary of State in late August.
All council leaders have agreed that the administration costs of setting up the mayoral combined authority will be kept to a minimum with existing resources from within the councils being used wherever possible.
Each of the 10 councils will consider the proposal at their meetings in May, the first being North Lincolnshire on 10 May 2016. The papers are available to view here.
Further meetings will be held at:
South Holland District Council – 11 May 2016
Boston Borough Council – 16 May 2016
East Lindsey District Council – 18 May 2016
North Kesteven District Council – 19 May 2016
Lincolnshire County Council – 20 May 2016
City of Lincoln Council – 24 May 2016
West Lindsey District Council – 25 May 2016
North East Lincolnshire Council – 26 May 2016
South Kesteven District Council – 26 May 2016