What are the benefits?

Devolution would mean the people who live and work here will be better connected, more competitive, and more prosperous, within an inclusive Combined County Authority area in the heart of the country.

More affordable, good quality and environmentally-sustainable housing options right across the region.

Making sure residents have opportunities to develop skills and build fulfilling careers.

Developing our collective transport infrastructure to create the best possible transport system for residents. 

Leading the way for our region to be a leader in pioneering new forms of clean energy to help achieve net-zero goals.

Devolution is an opportunity to bring decisions closer to where they have an impact, and to get a fairer share to help to close the gap in public investment in the East Midlands, so we can see more economic growth and new and better jobs.

We can build on our region’s existing knowledge and expertise, for example in transport and green technology, promoting the growth of a future low carbon economy by investing in related skills training at colleges and other training facilities.

By playing to our strengths and tailoring our approach to the needs of our area, we can encourage economic growth and make sure local people benefit. Devolution also means we can take advantage of economies of scale by using combined and devolved budgets to deliver more value for taxpayers and more cost-efficient services.