Have Your Say on the West of England Devolution Deal

25 Jul 2016

The Proposal

The national government would hand over more funding and powers to a Combined Authority in a deal worth £1bn, the largest devolution deal in the country. 

                     Graph showing devolution investment funds per head of population 

The deal is available to read as the Combined Authority have put forward the proposed deal for public consultation.

This deal will allow more decisions to be made locally, and will hopefully speed up the building of new houses and help to create more local jobs. 

The West of England Mayoral Combined Authority 

The new funding and powers would be overseen by the three councils, working together as the West of England Mayoral Combined Authority. The public would elect a mayor in 2017 to oversee the new funding and powers. 

Adult Education and Skills

The proposed deal would give the Combined Authority control over the entire Adult Education Budget by 2018. They would be responsible for the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers, would work with central government on the design of local careers and enterprise provision, and would co-design a new National Work and Health Programme. The local councils would be able to make informed decisions on issues, ensuring that local businesses' skills and recruitment requirements are supported in our education sector.

Have your say!

West of England Devolution logo

The public consultation is to gather your views on how this authority should be run.

You can take the consultation survey here, or view the timetable of public events at the bottom of this page.