Tag Archives: devolution

Joint Committee talks productivity and transport

Delivering productivity and cross-authority transport planning will top the agenda when the Heart of South West (HotSW) Joint Committee meets again this week. Representatives from 23 organisations across Devon and Somerset meet for the second time as the HotSW Joint Committee this Friday (25 May) at Devon County Council offices in Exeter. Agenda items include […]

Regional leaders set for productive first meeting

Leaders from across the Heart of the South West (HotSW) are set to agree a strategy to double productivity across the region when they meet next month. The first ever HotSW Joint Committee meeting will be held on Friday, 2 March at Plymouth County Council. It is open to the public and will be live […]

Full Council backs Joint Committee plans

Somerset County Council’s Full Council today approved proposals to take the next step towards a potential Devolution deal. It backed a set of recommendations to establish a Joint Committee for the Heart of the South West (HotSW) area that would be the vehicle to take forward positive discussions with Government about Devolution. For more than […]

Cabinet backs Joint Committee plans

Somerset County Council’s Cabinet this week endorsed proposals to take the next step towards Devolution. It backed recommendations that would see a Joint Committee established for the Heart of the South West (HotSW) area. Later this month Full Council will decide whether to accept the recommendations and commit the authority to the new arrangements. Somerset […]

Devolution deal to match our ambition

A devolution deal on a scale ‘dependent on the level of our ambition’ took a ‘very positive’ step closer after Somerset, Devon, Torbay and Plymouth Leaders met Jake Berry MP, the Government Minister with responsibility for devolution, in London yesterday. They describe the meeting as ‘very positive’ in setting out the next steps for a […]

Plan for productivity launched

A plan to put Somerset at the heart of the nation’s industrial strategy has been launched today. The Productivity Plan aims to make sure the Heart of the South West area makes a significant contribution to the UK’s future productivity growth – with all the improvements to living standards and economic benefits that come with […]

Step forward for Devolution discussions

Key Somerset councillors have backed a big step forward in Devolution discussions following positive early talks with Government. Somerset County Council’s Cabinet today signed up to the principle of creating a new Combined Authority which would take responsibility for extra powers and budgets agreed in any devolution deal. In Feb the County Council and 22 […]

Online opportunity to share your views

Somerset residents can now go online to share their views on the County Council’s priorities and other key issues as part of the Listening Learning Changing (LLC) initiative. The authority’s LLC roadshow is visiting 11 towns across the county this summer, including a stand at the Frome Market in Justice Lane tomorrow (Saturday) between 9am […]

Ambitious plans for the future approved

Today Somerset County Council’s Full Council approved an ambitious vision for the county and ground-breaking plans for devolution. The vast majority of councillors agreed that the vision for Somerset is excellent news for the county. The vision looks to put the authority at the heart of work to create a Somerset University, new business parks, […]

Devolution plan aims for big benefits

Somerset County Council today welcomed a ground-breaking devolution plan that would bring big benefits to the county. 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. It has been agreed by 23 local partners including the County Council and all […]