The four council leaders with Secretary of State Greg Clark (center).

A public consultation on a £1.14billion devolution plan for Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Derby and Nottingham has started.

The consultation runs until January 9, 2023 and is open to area residents, businesses, community and volunteer groups and other organizations.

All four councils support devolution which would provide the region with £38m a year over a 30-year period.

If a decentralization deal is formally approved, legislation would be needed to create a new combined authority and there would also be an elected mayor for the region.

Existing local councils would remain and still be responsible for most public services, with the mayor and combined authority focusing on wider issues such as transport, regeneration and employment in towns and counties.

Councilor Barry Lewis, Leader of Derbyshire County Council, said: “Devolution is about getting a better deal for Derbyshire and the East Midlands and getting a fair share for our region.

“It will bring us more money and allow us to make more meaningful decisions here, rather than in London.

“This agreement will create more and better jobs and training opportunities, improve the local economy, result in better transportation and housing, and accelerate our road to Net Zero. I encourage everyone to participate in the consultation and to give us his point of view on decentralization.

“A decentralization deal, if agreed, would be the start, not the end. We are determined to build on this agreement over time, as other regions have done.”

Further information on the consultation and a link to the online survey is available online: www.eastmidlandsdevolution.co.uk/have-your-say

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