East Midlands powerhouse still on course after government talks

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An historic devolution deal, which would put more power in the hands of the people of the East Midlands, remains on course to be agreed before the end of the year.

A devolution delegation of local authority and business leaders from Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire met with Government Ministers and Treasury officials in London on Monday, October 19 to thrash out more of the finer detail of the deal.

Further positive progress was made towards an agreement during the hour-long meeting and Ministers asked the delegation to report back with further finer detail relating to a small number of the individual proposals in two weeks’ time.

Local politicians from Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire have been pushing for significant decisions on issues such as housing, transport, economic development and skills to be taken locally, rather than providing much greater influence for local people.

Following the meeting, Councillor Alan Rhodes, leader of Nottinghamshire County Council said: “Once again, our discussions with Government have been extremely positive. Ministers have asked us to provide some further, finer detail on a few specific points which we have agreed to go back with, in the next fortnight.

“We are closing in on an agreement which satisfies the Government’s requirements for devolution but, most importantly, a deal which will bring massive benefits to the people of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

“We have reassured Ministers that whilst the bid currently relates to Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, our door is always open if other areas within the ‘Midlands Engine’ would like to join our devolution deal.”