North Somerset Council spent £19k on West of England devolution deal it rejected

PUBLISHED: 09:00 18 June 2017

North Somerset Council chose not to be part of the West of England devolution deal.

North Somerset Council chose not to be part of the West of England devolution deal.

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North Somerset Council spent £19,000 on legal advice and research on devolution before rejecting an offer to be part of the £1.1billion deal.

The authority was given the chance to receive a share of £30million a year for 30 years if it signed up to the Government deal along with other West of England councils.

The deal would have meant North Somerset, Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire would have been run by a metro mayor, who would have powers over transport and housing.

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North Somerset chose not to be part of the deal, as it felt the metro mayor would be too bureaucratic, although a mayor has now been elected for the rest of the area.

The authority spent £19,000 on specialist legal advice and research before withdrawing from the process.

A spokesman said: “Although the council decided to withdraw from the process, much of the evidence and advice still remains relevant and useful to the authority.

“An example includes the work done to assess skills gaps/needs within the four authority areas. This continues to inform our collective training and employment strategies/investments going forward, including West of England funding support agreed for Weston College schemes.”


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