Summit sees Lichfield District Council join discussions over devolved powers in Staffordshire

Devolved powers for the region have been discussed at a special summit in Staffordshire.

The event looked at how areas such as health, investment, care and skills training could be improved by closer collaboration between local authorities, including Lichfield District Council.

There have already been calls for Staffordshire to push for a devolution deal after councillors in Lichfield and Burntwood opted not to join a West Midlands link-up.

Philip Atkins

Philip Atkins

Cllr Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said this latest summit showed that the region was already developing ways to explore ways of working together.

“Partnerships such as Midlands Connect, which will shape at a local level strategic priorities for transport in the wider region, are evidence that in many ways devolution is already happening,” he said.

“The summit was a great chance for districts, boroughs, the city and the county to explore how we can build on this further in Staffordshire.

“While it is right for greater funding and influence to flow from Central Government to the hands of local decision makers,  it is important that we are all absolutely clear about what we want, how it will work and what benefits it will bring to Staffordshire and the people who live and work here.”

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2 Comments

  1. Nomad

    3rd November, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    This shouldn’t even be considered untill after the referendum, Combined Local Authorities are EU directives and this being the case the British Public should be allowed their democratic right, to vote on this important issue after being being given all the facts.

  2. Rob

    3rd November, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    Just make sure to keep well apart from the labour dominated hell-holes in walsall, Sandwell etc.