Fenland support for devolution

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Fenland District Council continues to support a devolution deal for the East “in principle” but councillors are yet to formally decide whether or not to back the Government’s offer.

Councillors were provided with a fuller understanding of what is proposed in the deal on offer to the region – which comprises Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk and Suffolk – at a seminar last week.

Council leader John Clark said: “While there are clearly benefits to be had from the deal that is on the table, there are many complex and important issues involved, both as regards the overall funding and in relation to some of the powers that could be devolved. They need further close examination.”

The Chancellor of the Exchequer is expected to include an announcement of the proposed East Devolution Agreement within today’s Budget speech.

Subsequently the proposed agreement is likely to be made public to give local councillors and the public the opportunity to debate it.

The deal will be debated at Fenland District Council’s next full council meeting on May 12.