Lincolnshire set for devolution mayor by 2025

A mayoral election for Greater Lincolnshire could be held as soon as 2025 if devolution plans progress.
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The leader of Lincolnshire Council, Councillor Martin Hill, has confirmed discussions have recommenced after the local elections.

An agreement with the government could potentially be signed later this year.

Under the latest deal, an additional layer of authority would be established, led by a directly-elected mayor, encompassing Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire, and North East Lincolnshire.

Coun Martin Hill, Lincolnshire Council leader.Coun Martin Hill, Lincolnshire Council leader.
Coun Martin Hill, Lincolnshire Council leader.

Coun Hill said: “Now the elections are over and purdah has finished, conversations have restarted with government about a potential devolution deal for Greater Lincolnshire which could potentially have agreement this year with a mind for a mayoral election in 2025.

“If things go well, reports will be presented to this council with progress and a potential deal that can be submitted to the government.”

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Devolution involves the transfer of powers and responsibilities from central government to regional or local authorities.

Supporters argue it empowers local communities by granting them greater control over decision-making processes and resources.

However, opponents express concerns about potential local government reorganisation and the dissolution of district councils.

They fear decisions may be made by individuals who lack first-hand experience of the areas affected.

In February 2022, an earlier devolution bid was rejected by the government. Nevertheless, council leaders remain determined.

A previous bid failed in 2016 after two councils voted against it. However, leaders of the three primary authorities are confident in their ability to address previous concerns.

Nevertheless, securing the support of the district councils remains a significant challenge.

Many concerns have been raised, particularly regarding the perceived reduced representation for the lower-tier authorities in the latest deal.