South-east Midlands eyes level two devolution deal

By Dan Peters | 10 March 2022

Talks are underway on a level two devolution deal for the south-east Midlands.

The two new Northamptonshire unitaries, the three councils covering the historic county of Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Council view themselves as a single functional economic area.

Milton Keynes leader Peter Marland said there was ‘no appetite’ for a directly-elected mayor but the region was ‘looking at options’.

Cllr Marland said discussions had not yet been held on a potential combined authority but he was keen for the region to have greater powers over health, policing and infrastructure.

He added: ‘We’ve been moving down the road of closer working but we don’t want to set something up for the sake of setting it up.’

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