22 Jun 2016

Democracy and Engagement

Council meets to discuss Government devolution proposal

Members of Bristol City Council, Bath & North East Somerset Council and South Gloucestershire Council will be meeting separately on 29 June to consider the proposal for the Government’s devolution deal worth £1 billion to the West of England. In Bristol the deal will be considered by both Cabinet and Full Council.
Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, said: “The deal would unlock £1 billion worth of additional investment in the West of England and bring more local decision making to areas such as transport, housing and skills. This includes Government’s requirement for a regional mayor to oversee these devolved arrangements. We have negotiated the best available deal from Government; it is now over to councillors to have their say.
“Councillors will be considering all aspects of the deal before making an informed choice about what the Council thinks is the best course of action for the people of Bristol.”
If Bristol councillors decide to back the Government’s deal and if councillors in Bath & North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire also agree to support the deal, the next stage will be for local people to make their views known to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government as part of a public consultation during July and August, before the Government takes a final decision in October.

If the deal moves ahead, an election for a West of England Mayor would take place in May 2017.

Papers for both Cabinet and Extraordinary Full Council can be accessed via our meeting calendar by clicking on the relevant meeting titles on 29 June.