Councillors have agreed to progress to consultation on Suffolk’s proposed devolution deal which would hand the county more powers and control of over half a billion pounds in investment.
The decision was made at a meeting of Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet this afternoon.
Councillor Matthew Hicks, Leader of Suffolk County Council, said:
“This proposed deal represents a big opportunity for Suffolk. By improving local transport infrastructure, building more affordable homes, and developing skills and training provision in a way that meets the needs of the local economy and local people, we could create new opportunities and raise living standards for our communities.
“This is the start of a journey for Suffolk, and if agreed, this deal would mark a step change in our relationship with Government, placing us front and centre as a key partner and allowing us to ensure that Suffolk’s voice is heard in the national conversation. In time, it would open the door to further negotiations and even greater self-determination.
“I look forward to hearing residents’ and businesses’ views on this proposed landmark deal.”
A public consultation will be undertaken in early summer 2023 which will give residents and businesses the opportunity to have their say on Suffolk’s proposed devolution deal. To enact the deal, a resolution to change the County Council’s governance to a Directly Elected Leader and Cabinet model will need to be taken to Council for consideration. If approved, the Directly Elected Leader’s election will be held within six months of that decision.