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Lancashire to Submit Combined Authority Bid

Published Tuesday, 19 July 2016

A plan to create a combined authority for Lancashire is to be put before the Government.

Councils in Lancashire have agreed the outline of the plan after the majority of residents gave it the thumbs-up.

A shadow combined authority has been set up to develop the plan, which could be accepted by the Government by early next year.

Ribble Valley Borough Council leader Stuart Hirst said: “We believe this is the best way for Lancashire to realise its potential and become a driving force in the Northern Powerhouse.

“Each council will retain its own status and decision-making process, but will work closer together on issues such as transport and economic development.

“This will mean we can establish Lancashire as a place where businesses want to invest with a fantastic infrastructure and jobs for local people.”

If the process runs smoothly the combined authority could be established by April 2017.

Councillor Hirst added: “A lot of work is being done by the constituent councils to make this a success and the agreed proposal will come back to them for final approval before the combined authority is formed.

“The priority is to create a prosperous, connected and skilled Lancashire that will work together for the benefit of people who live and work here.”

All district, county and unitary councils in Lancashire with the exception of Wyre are supporting the plan.

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