A Bill to drive innovation and local accountability

By Tiffany Cloynes and Rebecca Gilbert | 12 October 2023

Combined authorities

To support the Government’s mission for every part of England to have a devolution deal if it wants one by 2030, the Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill provides for a new type of combined authority model – ‘combined county authorities’.

This new model would be made up of upper tier local authorities, so county councils and unitary authorities, with district councils being able to become ‘non-constituent members’. The Bill also seeks to simplify some of the existing arrangements for devolving power to quicken the process, provide more opportunities to extend and deepen the existing arrangements and move the focus to be more about outcomes.

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