Consultation on setting up a combined authority to draw down government funding and decision making powers to the Solent area

Consultation on setting up a combined authority to draw down government funding and decision making powers to the Solent area

The Isle of Wight Council, Portsmouth City Council and Southampton City Council are negotiating a deal with government to secure extra powers and funding for our area. The deal would give the region £900 million over the next 30 years to improve infrastructure, transport and housing, and provide training and skills and support for business. This will be £30m per year in new funding. The deal would also mean significant decision making powers and funding, currently held by central government, being passed down to our local area so we have more local control over local issues. The aim is to improve economic prosperity by bringing decision-making and accountability closer to local people and enabling funds to be spent on tackling local problems and taking advantage of local opportunities to improve economic growth. More details are available on the Solent Deal website.

We have consulted on setting up a combined authority that would enable us to draw down new Government funding and pass significant decision making powers to the Solent area. It is important that residents and businesses are consulted.

Your views will help shape the submission we make to central government in September 2016. We consulted on the Draft Scheme: a legal document that sets out the plans which will be sent to central government. We recommend you read about the proposals on this website. The consultation closed on 18 September 2016.