On this website, you will find valuable information about the Norfolk/Suffolk, and Cambridgeshire/Peterborough devolution consultation. After the original East Anglia Devolution deal was published in March, the government has received suggestions to have the Norfolk/Suffolk and Cambridge/Peterborough as two separate deals. Most stakeholders feel that this would be the best way to ensure that the local businesses and people can benefit. East Anglia is in the East of England.
Councillors from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough voted for the devolution deal which is expected to deliver 77 million Euros on funding. The money may be used to fund local projects and build new infrastructure. In 2016, the seven councils from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough approved the deal. After a public consultation, the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (GCGP LEP) also approved the deal. They expected that the deal would release millions into the new systems of government.
The Devolution deal of East Anglia was later revised to split the regions into Cambridgeshire/ Peterborough and Norfolk/Suffolk. Norfolk and Suffolk originally sought to have a three-county deal, but Cambridgeshire and Peterborough objected. As part of the new deal, East Anglia will have two combined authorities that will be headed by elected mayors as from May 2017. The area would receive a new annual fund of 20 million pounds for the next 30 years. The funds would help the region to support its economy and to build infrastructure. More than 4,000 people were consulted before making the decision to have a mayor.
According to research conducted by a professor of Politics at the University of Strathclyde, John Curtice, the public support is broad but not deep. Ipsos Mori conducted a poll in 2016 to find out how members of the public felt about the issue of devolution. The result was that 55% of the population in Cambridge and Peterborough supported the idea of devolution. 30% of them did not know. 15% strongly supported devolution and the rest ‘leaned’ towards it. From these researches, most members of the public are lukewarm about the issue. Most of them do not support the position of a mayoral authority.
If approved, the deal would help East Anglia to make their decisions for infrastructure, employment, growth, and business based on the needs of the local people. The revised deal has received acceptance from both members of the public and their leaders.
No devolution deals have been reached in other parts of East England including Essex, Hertfordshire, and Bedfordshire. That is because, in 010, regional development agencies and government agencies were abolished. Many people feel that devolution is the main fuel for growth and development in the regional. The East part of England has more than 9,000 EU citizens. It is diverse, and its identity is international.
What Is Being Devolved
Many people agree that the presence of a mayoral position and elections to choose one should be the beginning and not the end of the process. Once the new institutions are established and devolution starts, there are likely to be more transfers of power from the central government. As the new administration starts to notice the specific areas of needs, they are likely to put in an effort to acquire more governance. The new devolution deal focuses on funding for transport, housing, and infrastructure. It will solve gaps in equality and social issues. However, some people seem concerned that the central government does not appear to be willing to give up its powers. They are expected to provide support for rail and other forms of transportation, the National Work and Health Programme, and more.
We keep you updated on these and other issues that affect the Norfolk/Suffolk, and Cambridgeshire/Peterborough devolution consultation.