The Greater Lincolnshire Devolution consultation closed at 5pm on Monday 8 August 2016.
Thank you for your interest in the consultation on the proposed Greater Lincolnshire Mayoral Combined Authority. The consultation closed at 5pm on 8 August 2016. Thank you to everyone who responded.
The final report on the consultation is now available to view [PDF, 1MB]. The following further reports are also available:
All supporting documentation for the consultation is still available on this page for your information, but no further responses will be accepted.
The ten councils in the Greater Lincolnshire area have been talking to the Government about transferring some powers and resources to our area.
The councils are Boston Borough Council, City of Lincoln Council, East Lindsey District Council, Lincolnshire County Council, North East Lincolnshire Council, North Lincolnshire Council, North Kesteven District Council, South Holland District Council, South Kesteven District Council and West Lindsey District Council.
We (the ten councils) have signed a proposed agreement, but that isn't a final decision to go ahead.
We believe that the devolution deal could be an important opportunity to improve local services for residents, bring about stronger economic growth and increase the number of jobs. We would also have the opportunity to gain further responsibilities and funding from Government in the future.
This 'devolution' would mean that more decisions about spending on some public services would be made locally rather than nationally.
Some of the new powers, funding and responsibilities we have requested would provide additional investment for housing and infrastructure. Under the deal an additional £450m over the next 30 years (£15m per year) for such investment would be provided. It could also help us to develop a better approach to skills training provision and criminal justice in the area. These responsibilities are on top of the services already provided by councils in Greater Lincolnshire, which would be unaffected.
If all ten councils sign up to this, some changes would happen. A 'Mayoral Combined Authority' would be established – a board including elected councillors from the ten councils and a representative from the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership. The authority would be chaired by a Directly Elected Mayor who would be chosen by the people of Greater Lincolnshire. This Mayoral Combined Authority would only have responsibility for the new powers devolved from the Government.
We have prepared and published a scheme which describes proposals for how a Mayoral Combined Authority for Greater Lincolnshire would work. We requested your views on the proposals set out in that scheme from 27 June 2016 until Monday 8 August 2016. The scheme and supporting documents are still available to view on this webpage, for your information.
A future consideration could be to combine the role of a Directly Elected Mayor with that of the Police and Crime Commissioner in order to reduce administrative costs. At the present time Lincolnshire has its own Police and Crime Commissioner and North and North East Lincolnshire are served by the Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner. For a Directly Elected Mayor for Greater Lincolnshire to be amalgamated with the role of Police and Crime Commissioner it would require the Government to make changes to create a Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Lincolnshire.
Before anything is put in place, all ten councils need to consider the proposal and come to a conclusion. It is very important that we know what you think so that we can make the right decision for the whole of the Greater Lincolnshire area.
Documents that supported the consultation:
We have also produced an easy read document [PDF, 1Mb] to explain what devolution is and what the survey is asking.