Lancashire Combined Authority

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Over the last few months each of the councils in Lancashire has been discussing the idea of creating a Combined Authority for Lancashire.

In January and February we went out to public consultation to find out what the people of Lancashire thought too. Almost 2,000 people shared their views.

The next step is for each of the councils taking part to take a report to their Full Council meeting for councillors to see what residents and businesses think about the idea. Lancashire County Council's meeting is on 24 March. The collective councils will then take a decision as to whether they want to progress to submitting formal bid to Central Government.

What is a Combined Authority?

Lancashire's councils already work closely together but a combined authority is a formal, legal step that means councils can act as one authority in the best interests of Lancashire around the areas of economic regeneration, housing and transport.

A combined authority is:

  • a formal, legal step to allow councils to work more closely together in a more structured way
  • a move to improve economic development, skills and transport to benefit the whole county.

A combined authority is not:

  • a merger or take-over of councils or a unitary council
  • a giving-up of powers by individual councils.

The creation of a Combined Authority is something that is being replicated across the country with many bids already approved by the Government.

What are the benefits of becoming a combined authority?

A combined authority means that councils can work as one democratically accountable body around the key areas of economic development, regeneration and transport to:

  • avoid duplication and provide more efficient services
  • create a stronger basis for bidding for Government and EU money
  • make best use of council and Government money
  • speed up decision-making.

A combined authority could streamline services, be more transparent and efficient, and make it easier for Lancashire to attract investment and jobs.

Take a look at the report that went our Full Council meeting in December.