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Wyre Council in support of Lancashire Combined Authority discussions

News Published Tuesday, 22 September 2020

At Wyre’s online meeting of full council, councillors voted in favour to take part in the discussions to establish a Lancashire Combined Authority with an Elected Mayor with limited responsibilities.

A Combined Authority is a formal legal body set up using national legislation that enables a group of two or more councils to collaborate and take collective decisions across council boundaries. Each of the councils who are members of a combined authority remain separate authorities. The creation of a Combined Authority means that member councils can be more ambitious in their joint working and can take advantage of powers and resources devolved from central government.

Councillor David Henderson, Leader of Wyre Council comments, “Whilst initially back in 2015 Wyre Council did not support a move towards a Combined Authority, times have changed and since I became Leader I have attended District and Lancashire Leaders meetings, listening to and contributing to discussions around this matter.

“The Leaders of Lancashire’s local authorities are keen to gain agreement from Government formally to establish a Lancashire Combined Authority and are seeking an agreement in principle from all the councils in Lancashire to start this process, which Wyre Council has now voted in favour of.

“This vote will allow me to progress discussions around the role, function and governance structure of a Lancashire Combined Authority.

“It is clear that a Combined Authority will allow for better collaboration across local authorities on specific issues including transport, housing, regeneration and economic development. It is also an opportunity to create a single, clear and influential voice for Lancashire and is a mechanism to gain additional powers and funding from Government.

“I will bring back to full council a further report once there are more details around the proposal for the Lancashire Combined Authority.”

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