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East Midlands devolution moves closer to reality

30 October 2023

The proposed East Midlands Combined County Authority (EMCCA) has moved one step closer to reality after key legislation was approved in Westminster.

The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill has been granted Royal Assent after completing its passage through Parliament, paving the way for the creation of the EMCCA and the region’s very-first Mayoral elections next May.

We will now decide along with Nottinghamshire County Council, Derby City Council and Nottingham City Council on whether to move forward with devolution plans, with decisions expected before the end of the year.

The East Midlands devolution deal, agreed with Government ministers last summer, would see Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Derby and Nottingham benefit from £1.14 billion of funding to invest in local projects related to transport, education and skills, housing, the environment and economic development.

Local councils, including ourselves, would all continue to exist as part of the regional devolution plans and would still be responsible for most public services in the area with the proposed mayor and combined authority focusing on these wider issues.

Read more about the devolution plans.