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Greater Lincolnshire Devolution


The public consultation has now ended, and the results are being independently analysed. The full report will be available in due course and ahead of the next council meetings when further decisions will be made.

Councils in Greater Lincolnshire have approved a devolution proposal which means existing money and power can move from central government to decision-makers in Greater Lincolnshire.

The deal approved is the most ambitious available and in exchange for this level of powers, money, and say in how we spend it, North, North East and Lincolnshire County Council must submit a proposal to government setting out how this could work through the creation of an independent body called a county combined authority, or CCA.

This level of deal would be chaired by an elected official (usually called a mayor) who you, as Greater Lincolnshire residents, would elect.

All three councils have agreed and adopted the Greater Lincolnshire Devolution Proposal (the Proposal).

The three councils undertook a consultation with residents in the Greater Lincolnshire area to get their views before deciding whether to submit the Proposal to government either in its current form or an amended version.

This consultation document summarises the Proposal document, but we suggested reading the Proposal in full before answering the questions.

The Proposal document explains how we believe, if adopted, using powers and deciding how to spend money locally would improve the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of the people who live or work in our area through:

  • improved local transport and roads
  • enhanced digital services, like broadband
  • help improve the environment and achieve net zero
  • the provision of good quality housing
  • boosting the economy by supporting local businesses to create new, high paid, high skilled jobs
  • improving training to ensure local people can take advantage of the new jobs

The idea is that local decision makers will be able to spend this funding more effectively, as they better understand Greater Lincolnshire and the needs of both people who live or work in the area and business.

This is just the beginning. There could be more powers and funding available in future. This initial proposal means:

  • a 30-year investment fund worth £720m to level-up the whole of Greater Lincolnshire
  • a stronger role in setting and delivering Greater Lincolnshire’s priorities
  • control over a range of powers and budgets currently administered by central government
  • additional powers to tackle challenges and make the most of our economic potential so everyone who lives and works here benefits
  • £28m for new a raft of projects to create new jobs
  • a new mayor to give Greater Lincolnshire a louder voice, more influence, and a higher profile, locally, nationally and globally
  • even more chances to work together across boundaries and borders

Greater Lincolnshire Devolution Combined County Authority Executive Summary

The proposal explains the powers, funding and flexibilities required to address long term challenges and deliver on opportunities across Greater Lincolnshire. It supports levelling up across the area with a focus improving the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of people who live and work in Greater Lincolnshire. It would see: 

  • Local decisions and long term investment in infrastructure to turbo charge business growth and tackle low business productivity, particularly in key sectors that create high wage, high skills jobs that boost living standards 
  • Long term strategic planning and investment to protect our environment and unlock high quality housing in our communities that meets the needs of younger workforce and supports those in later life 
  • Local commissioning of high quality skills, training and pathways to attract and retain younger workers, meet the significant skills needs of our key industries and capitalise on economic opportunity through better alignment of skills, employment, and career opportunities across Greater Lincolnshire 
  • A stronger voice regionally and nationally to make the case for more investment, to work closely with government on Greater Lincolnshire’s priorities and to deliver on the potential of the area from the Humber to The Wash and new green jobs 
  • Managing water as an asset, to mitigate the threat of coastal erosion and flooding, and meet the area’s unique demands for water to support growth in agriculture and innovations in manufacturing and carbon capture. 

Investing in Greater Lincolnshire 

  • £24 million per annum for 30 years to invest in infrastructure and skills development totalling £720m. 
  • Multi year transport budget with greater flexibility to spend the money on local priorities. 
  • Funding for adult education to prioritise spending on the needs of people and businesses rather than national priorities. 
  • One off £28.4m capital investment in Greater Lincolnshire’s priorities. 

Turbo charging business growth 

  • Long term funding of the infrastructure that key local business needs to grow and create jobs. 
  • Designating a key route network to speed up the movement of goods and passengers through and around Greater Lincolnshire. 
  • Government, research and industry brought together to boost business innovation that leads to more high skill high wage jobs. 
  • A new approach to managing water that supports local business needs and protects communities and business from flooding. 

High quality skills and jobs 

  • Careers support that showcases the great opportunities in Greater Lincolnshire and helps people to get a high skill wage high wage job here. 
  • Training in higher-level skills delivered in Greater Lincolnshire to boost access to high wage jobs in our growth sectors. 
  • The adult education budget invested in courses that help people to achieve a fulfilling future and deliver the skills that our local businesses need to innovate and expand. 
  • Provide extra help to those young people that need it the most, including help for care leavers to get a job. 

Unlocking housing through enhanced infrastructure 

  • Investing in high quality homes, locations and services to retain a younger workforce and support those in later life. 
  • Investment from Homes England to bring forward the necessary infrastructure to meet the needs of local communities. 
  • Supporting regeneration of areas, providing sustainable and affordable housing solutions for our future workforce. 
  • A single Local Transport Authority to develop public transport improvements that connect people with homes, work, leisure and learning. 

A stronger voice for our area 

  • A new Mayor, elected by residents to champion the needs of the area and to make a strong case to the Government for more investment and to pilot new ideas in Greater Lincolnshire. 
  • A Combined County Authority providing local accountability, transparency and capacity to use key growth levers such as transport, skills and economic development. 
  • Enhanced working relationships with government departments to protect our coastline, natural and historic environment and boost tourism. 
  • A new role leading the national debate on transport for rural communities to address challenges across ours and other areas. 

Delivering our potential – Humber to Wash 

  • Decarbonise the UK’s largest industrial estuary and deliver green jobs across Greater Lincolnshire in carbon capture and storage, nuclear fusion, water management and energy distribution 
  • National recognition for the UK Food Valley supporting a new generation of high skill jobs and businesses across the food chain. 
  • Maximising the potential of the Humber Freeport to create jobs. 
  • Improved transport links across Greater Lincolnshire and provide a trade corridor to the East Midlands freeport and beyond. 

Questions and Answers

Devolution sees central Government transfer powers and money to regions across the country. This allows people who know their areas best to decide where money is spent.

This is already happening in Greater Manchester, the West Midlands, the Tees Valley and more recently, North Yorkshire. Devolution involves the creation of combined authorities – legal bodies that bring councils together to decide on agreed issues that cross boundaries.

No. The three councils (Lincolnshire County Council and North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire Councils) and the seven district councils (East and West Lindsey, North and South Kesteven, Boston Borough Council, City of Lincoln Council and South Holland District Council) will work together with a mayor on projects and schemes which cross traditional council boundaries.

A new set up would grow over time. For example, a deal in the first year would see money and control handed down in areas such as transport, skills and training, homes and communities, economic growth, and the environment. That will expand as the deal matures with more control of finances and power agreed with Government.

Benefits include an enhanced working relationships with government departments to protect our coastline, natural and historic environment and boost tourism. The authority would also take on
a new role leading the national debate on transport for rural communities to address challenges across ours and other areas.

A new authority would provide local accountability and transparency. A mayor would chair a board of 6 voting members from the three councils and other non-constituent members who are proposed to have a vote on some matters. The new authority would have wider membership from other councils, business and one of the police and crime commissioners for the area.

The mayor would champion the needs of the area and make a strong case to the Government for more investment and to encourage new ideas to be piloted in Greater Lincolnshire. The mayor is a
requirement to get the level of deal set out in the proposal. The best deals come with a mayor – it is the very best way to ensure greater control over future local decisions and brings with it the most power and most money because it brings with it the greatest accountability. This person would be elected on four-year terms and be accountable to residents and ensure a stronger voice locally, nationally and globally for Greater Lincolnshire.

An elected mayor is not a replacement for the civic mayors or chairs, which are ceremonial roles.

No. It will bring more money and power to Greater Lincolnshire.

Setting up a combined authority requires legislation to be passed.

Part of any deal would commit the Government legally to longer-term funding provision, including a 30-year investment funding allocation. Both leading parties have also committed to the principle of devolution.

The three councils will approve the deal and the proposal ahead of the formal consultation which is scheduled to last eight weeks.

North East Lincolnshire Council scheduled a Full Council Meeting on Thursday 30 December, when the council were formerly asked to vote on proposed deal which was put out to public consultation.

People can access the deal in full, the proposal and further information about the impact on the councils’ website.

A series of events are scheduled to take place across the area too. If the councils approve the proposal, residents can go along to find out more.


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The Leader of North East Lincolnshire Council

A message from North East Lincolnshire Council Leader, Cllr Philip Jackson ahead of the consultation, which has now finished.

Related websites & stories

Full Devolution Proposal

Policy Paper – Greater Lincolnshire devolution deal 2023

Devolution proposal signed

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