Devolution

Somerset County Council and partners across the South West have been working together to seek more power and budgets devolved from central government.

This is in response to the Government’s interest in devolution from Westminster.

Around 23 local partners are involved in producing proposals, based on the Heart of the South West ‘Local Enterprise Partnership’ boundary.

The detailed plan aims for higher productivity and better-paid jobs, improved road, rail and broadband links and more homes for the region’s growing population.

You can read the ‘prospectus for productivity’ that was submitted to Government at the end of February for discussion here

Below you can read the Heart of the South West Devolution prospectus and covering letter.

Heart of the South West Devolution Prospectus Cover Letter

Following positive initial discussions with Government, in July Somerset County Council’s Cabinet and Full Council agreed to the principle of a Combined Authority that would be responsible for any devolved powers and budgets. This opens the way for more details discussions with the government on the Devolution proposals.

You can find some Frequently Asked Question and answers here.

For latest updates and information visit www.heartofswlep.co.uk/news/devolution