D Day for Devolution: Council meets to discuss Government proposal

Members of Bath & North East Somerset Council, South Gloucestershire Council and Bristol City Council will be meeting separately on June 29th to consider the proposal for the Government’s devolution deal worth £1 billion to the West of England.

In Bath & North East Somerset the deal will be firstly considered at a special B&NES Cabinet meeting immediately prior to full Council when all Bath & North East Somerset Councillors will have their say on whether or not to accept the proposal, before it is referred back to Cabinet later in the evening.  

Bath Guildhall

Bath Guildhall

Councillor Tim Warren (Leader, Bath & North East Somerset Council) said, “Members of Bath & North East Somerset Council will be deciding on the 29th, if they wish to support the Devolution deal offered by the Government.

The deal will unlock £1 billion worth of additional investment in the West of England and bring more local decision making to areas such as transport, adult education and housing – this includes a requirement for a regional mayor to oversee these devolved arrangements.

The local council Leaders and Mayor have negotiated the best available deal from the Government; it is now over to councillors to have their say.

Council members will be considering all of the aspects of the deal before making an informed choice about what the Council thinks is the best course of action for the people of Bath and North East Somerset.” 

If Bath and North East Somerset Councillors decide to back the Government’s deal and if councillors in Bristol and South Gloucestershire also agree to do likewise, the next stage will be for local people to have their opportunity to make their views known to the Secretary of State, as part of a public consultation during July, before the Government takes a final decision.

A full copy of the papers is available online at:

Cabinet: Agenda details

Council: Agenda details