North Midlands Devolution Agreement 2016

Devolution details published for the first time as Government urged to seal the deal


The size of the prize of devolution for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire has been set out publicly in detail for the first time, as the region's draft deal is published today (Tuesday 5 January 2016).

The deal document, which sets out the final negotiating position of council leaders behind the bid, was sent to Chancellor George Osborne and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Greg Clark just before Christmas.

It was accompanied by a strong message to Ministers that now is the time to do the deal.

The agreement, as it stands, has been developed following months of negotiations. The majority of the deal has broad agreement, with only a small number of issues now requiring final discussion with the Government and sign off.

The deal sets out ten key benefits devolution would deliver for the residents and businesses of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire:

  • 55,000 new private sector jobs
  • 77,000 extra homes
  • An Investment Fund over 30 years to provide infrastructure such as roads and bridges
  • Adult skills provision that better meets the needs of businesses
  • A joint transport fund to spend on key transport improvements
  • A better co-ordinated public transport system with ‘Oyster’ style smart ticketing
  • More responsive and co-ordinated business support for growth
  • The creation of substantially more apprenticeship opportunities
  • More people entering employment through better targeted local programmes
  • Journey times to London of less than 90 minutes by train


Nineteen councils across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire together with business leaders from the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, which covers the two counties, are seeking to create a single Combined Authority for the region by March 2016 – the first of its kind featuring district, borough, city and county councils.

The Combined Authority and a new Mayor, elected by the people of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, would be granted powers and resources currently held in London and gain responsibility for delivering a raft of new measures to boost economic growth, create jobs, build new homes and improve the quality of life for people living in the area.

Following a request from Government, the bid has been renamed as North Midlands, which more accurately reflects the geographical area covered and will be able to align with the same name for the Combined Authority.

Councillor Alan Cox, Leader of Amber Borough Council, said: The draft deal illustrates substantially the determined and coordinated approach of the 19 councils and D2N2 to secure real, sustainable benefits for our communities, notably economic growth, new jobs and homes.

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