Face to face discussions with Government for more devolution for Norfolk and Suffolk councils

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Representatives of all Suffolk and Norfolk councils and the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership will tomorrow meet Government representatives to outline initial thoughts on devolution.

The move to gain more autonomy over decision making and local finance is backed by all 16 district and county councils.

Cllr Jennie Jenkins ANL-150508-153211001

Cllr Jennie Jenkins ANL-150508-153211001

Tomorrow senior civil servants headed up by Lord Heseltine will question the Norfolk and Suffolk team about what powers the partners would like to have from Government and which areas they would like to have more control over.

The aim of the move would be to boost economic prosperity and social cohesion.

Also up for discussion are long term infrastructure and transport funding, plans to kick start more housing projects and a focus on productivity as well as greater control over youth and adult skills and more joined up health and care services.

The challenge session team is made up of Cllr David Ellesmere, leader Ipswich Borough Council, Cllr Jennie Jenkins, chairman of the Suffolk Public Sector Leaders’ Group, Cllr George Nobbs, leader Norfolk County Council, Cllr Colin Noble, leader Suffolk County Council, Mark Pendleton, chairman of New Anglia LEP, Cllr Andrew Proctors, leader of Broadland District Council deputising for Cllr Nick Daubney, chairman of Norfolk Public Sector Leaders’ group, and Cllr Alan Waters, leader Norwich City Council.

Cllr Jenkins said: “Whilst we’ve kept the Government informed during the process of drafting up these ambitious proposals this will be the first opportunity for us to put our case to them face to face.

“A great deal of thought and planning has gone into pulling these ideas together and we are looking forward to an honest and robust discussion about them.”