The Lancashire devolution announcement in the Autumn Statement is ‘amazing news for county’, local authority leaders in the region have said.
Leaders from Lancashire County Council, Blackburn with Darwen Council and Blackpool Council have been working to progress a devolution deal over the past six months.
If approved, it would give local leaders extra powers to tackle key priorities such as better public transport, boosting economic prosperity and improving employment and skills.
Cllr Phillippa Williamson, leader of Lancashire County Council, said: ‘The announcement by the Government today is amazing news, and shows the faith the Secretary of State Michael Gove and Levelling Up Minister Jacob Young have in our plans.
‘Alongside my fellow leaders, I truly believe the time is now for a devolution deal for Lancashire.’
Cllr Phil Riley, leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: ‘It’s a real triumph for everyone involved to have finally made a start on the devolution of powers to Lancashire after many false starts.
‘This will give Lancashire a voice both nationally and, in the North West, allowing the region to start to compete on an even playing field with our neighbours in Manchester and Liverpool.’
Cllr Lynn Williams, leader of Blackpool Council, added: ‘The people of Blackpool and Lancashire deserve to benefit from devolution. For too long we have watched neighbouring areas benefit, whilst our county has missed out.
‘I am pleased that we can now take this next step forward in securing a deal that will provide tangible benefits and lasting change for our residents and businesses.’
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