Hampshire and Isle of Wight Devolution Newsletter 10
25 November 2015
The ongoing work to develop HIOW’s devolution bid has been warmly welcomed by Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, after he received a detailed presentation last week. The 19 partners nominated a small delegation made up of the Chairman of Enterprise M3 LEP, Geoff French, and five local authority leaders – Cllr Jonathan Bacon (Isle of Wight); Cllr Séan Woodward (Fareham); Cllr Simon Letts (Southampton); Cllr Roy Perry (Hampshire County Council) and Cllr Clive Sanders (Basingstoke) – to travel to London and present the detailed case on behalf of the partnership. The Secretary of State was particularly interested in HIOW’s ambition to secure fiscal independence through its business rate proposals and its proposals to improve local transport. He asked that more work be done on the housing plans and future governance options but also assured the delegation that his Department would continue to actively support the development of this bid.
This newsletter considers how we plan to extend the opportunities of devolution to local communities and the wider public sector family through ‘deeper devolution’.
Further Details: For more information please find a link to the prospectus here: http://documents.hants.gov.uk/corporate/HIOWDevolutionProspectus-October2015-web.pdf
Lead Communications contact:
Sandy Hopkins – CEO, East Hampshire District and Havant Borough Councils
HIOW Devolution Programme Office contacts: