Bristol City Council, along with Bath & North East Somerset (B&NES) and South Gloucestershire councils, have decided to move forward with a £1 billion devolution deal from Government to create a new West of England Mayoral Combined Authority (MCA)
The West of England is already the country’s most economically productive city region outside of London, with a number of flourishing sectors: creative, health, high tech, advanced engineering, aerospace, food and drink, business services (legal, property, insurance and finance), with growth in low carbon technologies and services.
However, the region also faces growing pressure on infrastructure – particularly in areas such as transport and housing. The proposed deal could help the West of England to meet this challenge.
All four councils have worked hard to secure the best available devolution deal for the West of England area – equating to over £1billion of investment. The work to develop this devolution deal has built upon the existing, successful joint working arrangements in the West of England.
The deal negotiated with Government devolves agreed funding and additional powers to the region, including decisions about transport, investment, funding, skills training, business support, housing and strategic planning, following the election of a West of England Mayor.
The investment and new powers devolved directly from Government would be overseen locally by the leaders of the councils and the elected Mayor of Bristol, plus a West of England Mayor elected by the public. This is not a return to Avon.
You can also read the full West of England Devolution Deal.
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