East Midlands devolution talks launched


Council chiefs from the East Midlands have become the latest to enter into devolution talks with ministers, with plans to integrate transport high up on the agenda.

Leaders and chief executives from Derby, Nottingham, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire who make up the D2N2 local enterprise partnership met with ministers and local growth tsar Lord Heseltine this week.

D2N2 have outlined devolution proposals focussed around transport, job creation, house building and boosting skills.

In a statement, government officials said: ‘Our long-term economic plan is helping create 55,000 jobs and 4,000 new homes throughout the area. We’ve invested £196.5m from Growth Deals and £46m from City Deals.’

Communities secretary Greg Clark added: ‘We’re committed to giving local people the powers they need to take the lead in creating jobs, nurturing businesses, building homes and improving services because we know it is local people who are best placed to make decisions about its future.

‘The meeting with D2N2 is an important step in driving forward discussions that have come from the ground up that will help get more powers devolved to the local level.’

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