Big turn out for Devolution discussion

A crucial Summit to discuss the potential for the devolution of significant powers from Government to the South West has caught the imagination with more than 25 authorities attending.

Cllr John Osman, Leader Somerset County Council, has called the Summit on the 5 August to kick-start a discussion about the future role of devolution in Somerset – and the whole of the South West.

The County Council is committed to making sure Somerset benefits from any moves towards devolution in the South West, which could see  key decision-making powers passed down from central government to a more local level.

“These are exciting times,” said Cllr Osman. “We are keen to make the most of devolution and maximize the benefits for our  residents who are often left short changed by the traditional formula for funding. We in Somerset are already working closely with other authorities  to secure greater devolved powers.”

He added: “There are many successful partnerships and examples of joint working already taking place in the South West. This is a meeting to explore ways in which authorities across the region might work together to gain greater powers.

The meeting is taking place at Dillington House, near Ilminster, and is expected to attract around 70 representatives from more than 25 local authorities.