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Positive negotiations continue on devolution for East Anglia

Published: Friday, 27th May 2016

The ambitious devolution proposal for East Anglia is taking shape with negotiations ongoing between Government and local leaders to build on the original three-county deal agreed in the Spring.

Andy Wood, conducting negotiations on behalf of the Leaders group in East Anglia met with government representatives today.  Mr Wood put forward the proposal from Leaders for two deals (Suffolk and Norfolk, and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough) for East Anglia, but with clear links on matters such as transport and infrastructure.

The two proposed deals that will be discussed with Government will be based on the content of the original deal agreement signed in March.  Leaders believe having two deal is the best way to get the most out of devolution for the people, places and businesses across East Anglia.

Andy Wood, Independent chair of the East Anglia Leaders Group said: “All leaders remain fully committed to securing an ambitious devolution settlement for residents and businesses across East Anglia.  Negotiations with Government are positive and progressing well.  Government is certainly listening to East Anglia, however, to talk more specifically about proposals at this point has the potential to weaken our negotiating position.”

“The ball is now firmly in our court.  Locally we must concluded our discussions and present Government with our proposed deals. Government has been clear that councils will need to approve the deals locally before they will formally agree them. A full public consultation will take place in the summer to allow local people and businesses to have their say on the plans.” 

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