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County Deal update - a message from Emma Alexander, Managing Director

Published on 29 March 2022.

As you know, we were named as a County Deal pathfinder area by the Government in February 2022. This means we were invited to apply for a devolution deal which could transfer money and powers currently held by Government to Derbyshire.

I am very pleased to tell you that, together with Derby City Council, Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottingham City Council, we have now submitted initial proposals for a combined devolution deal to the Government.

We want to be at the front of the queue to secure the earliest and most ambitious County Deal to bring more decision-making power into the hands of local people.

All the councils involved, including ourselves and district and borough councils, would keep all the powers they already have. The deal would not create a new tier of government but could bring a level of government which already exists from Westminster closer to Derbyshire residents.

Key areas for greater autonomy and funding in the submission to the Government include transport and infrastructure, business growth, inward investment, strategic regeneration, tourism, employment, education and skills.

It’s still early days and there’s a long way to go in our discussions with Government but this is an exciting next step towards being able to deliver more for the people of Derbyshire we all serve.

You can find out more about our devolution deal.