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Norfolk County Deal Update

Please see the following article provided by Leader of Norfolk County Council Cllr Kay Mason Billig:

“This is an historic day for Norfolk.

County councillors have voted to accept a county deal devolution agreement with the Government, to transfer significant funding and powers to Norfolk. You can see ‘s reaction after the meeting, here.

Government funding will start transferring to Norfolk next summer, if councillors vote in July 2024 to stage the first election for a leader in May 2025. The deal will mean that decisions can be taken in Norfolk, for Norfolk.

I believe that this deal brings major benefits for the people of Norfolk. It means significant investment and powers to boost our economy, transport, housing, jobs and skills. And we will have a leader, elected by the public, to represent our views to the Government.

In the New Year, we will talk to the public, businesses, district councils and other key stakeholders about the benefits of the deal and how we can work together to make the most of it.

The full council agreed the following recommendations:

Council:
a) recognises the work carried out during 2023 to consult with the public, inform Members and prepare plans in relation to the ‘in-principle’ County Deal brought to Council in January this year.
b) commends the work undertaken by the Leader and Officers to secure additional benefits for the Norfolk County Deal and resolves that the Deal should be accepted.
c) agrees that the election for the Directly Elected Leader should be held alongside the county council elections in May 2025 to enable the widest possible engagement with the electorate.
d) agrees that the resolution adopting the new governance arrangements should be brought to the Full Council Meeting on 23 July 2024 to facilitate that election date.

For further details about the county deal, see www.norfolk.gov.uk/norfolkcountydeal