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House of Commons: Combined Authority briefing paper 04/02/2016

The House of Commons has produced a briefing note outlining the origins and structures of combined authorities, which will handle many of the 'devolution deals' agreed between the government and local areas in England.


The briefing note, published on 20 January, may provide a useful guide and background paper for members, officers and tenants of those stock retained councils involved in devolution deals.


Combined authorities are a legal structure that may be set up by local authorities in England. They can be set up with or without a directly-elected mayor. The relevant legislation is theLocal Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009, plus theCities and Local Government Devolution Bill, expected to receive Royal Assent in 2016.


Combined authorities may be set up by two or more local authorities. They may take on statutory functions transferred to them by an Order made by the Secretary of State, plus any functions that the constituent authorities agree to share.


The first combined authority to be established was the Greater Manchester Combined Authority in 2011. Further combined authorities were established in the North-East, West Yorkshire, Sheffield and Liverpool in April 2014.


In 2014-16, the government negotiated 'devolution deals' with several areas. Each of the existing combined authorities has negotiated a deal. New mayoral combined authorities have been proposed in the Tees Valley, West Midlands, and (in draft form) the 'North Midlands' (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire). Liverpool, Greater Manchester, Sheffield and the North-East will introduce a directly-elected mayor as part of their devolution deal.


Orders establishing these devolution deals are anticipated when theCities and Local Government Devolution Billreceives Royal Assent.


View the briefing paper.

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