Devolution means the transfer of some powers from government to Greater Lincolnshire in policy areas that could include; education & training, health & care, transport, justice & policing, agriculture, taxation, and sport & the arts.
Devolution means more targeted funding resources to Greater Lincolnshire aligned with the powers devolved.
Devolution means that spending priority decisions are made locally.
Devolution is not new. Areas that already have devolution include Manchester, Tees Valley and Cornwall.
In 2021 the Government invited local leaders to bring forward bold plans for devolving powers to local areas and to work together to help level up the UK. In February 2022, the Government's Levelling Up White Paper set out a framework for devolution. Council leaders across Greater Lincolnshire are now working together to develop plans to enable Lincolnshire to reach its full potential.
If devolution is right for Greater Lincolnshire, the Government would transfer some of its powers, services, and budgets through a Lincolnshire Deal to enable integration with existing services and target them to local need and economic growth.
Devolution shifts three types of power to local leaders
- Full devolution of budgets to include decision making and accountability for delivery to meet local need
- Joint commissioning of services designed to fit local need & shared responsibility with Government for delivery
- Piloting innovation and funding to develop new approaches to changing local needs.
Securing a Lincolnshire Deal is a complex process which will take time, and involve local authorities working together, along with business bodies.