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Cabinet rejects devolution deal

Published on Wednesday, 29th June 2016

Proposals for a devolution deal for 16 councils across Norfolk and Suffolk have been rejected by the city council’s cabinet.

All authorities are required to discuss the government’s plans and councillors held a special meeting in the council chamber on Tuesday night to consider the deal on the table.

Cabinet decided not to continue to support the process leading to the establishment of an elected mayor and combined authority for East Anglia, after being given unanimous backing from elected members at full council.

Norfolk County Council had backed the devolution deal at its meeting on Monday, but Breckland Council yesterday voted to pull out of the process.

Councillor Alan Waters, leader of the council, said: “We are doing the right thing in not going through to the next stage. It means we can focus our resources on getting the best deal for the people of Norwich and the wider area.

“It also means starting the process of engaging with organisations and stakeholders over the coming months to shape our future in uncertain times.”

Other councils are due to discuss the plans this week.