The 'debate' around devolution has been rather limited.
It has mostly been about 'business opportunities':
Futures Forum: Devolution for Devon and Somerset? >>> of Local Enterprise Partnerships, 'opportunites for East Devon' and 'competing for crumbs at Hinkley Point'.
Futures Forum: "Regeneration and economic development" in East Devon >>> District Council cabinet meets Wednesday 6th January
And yet not very much has been too clear:
Futures Forum: The Freedom of Information Act and Local Enterprise Partnerships >>> making public contracts transparent
Futures Forum: Devolution for Devon and Somerset? >>> 'democratic deficit'?
Futures Forum: Devolution for Devon and Somerset? >>> "to mandate bodies of unelected businessmen to define and effect policy without any scrutiny or accountability to electors or their representatives."
Futures Forum: Devolution for Devon and Somerset? >>> "confidentiality" vs open debate and public consultation
This week's extraordinary council meeting will be approving the step:
Agenda for Council
Thursday 28 January 2016; 6.30pm
7 Heart of the South West Devolution – (Cabinet minute 133)
The Leader to present Cabinet minute 133. This matter was held over from the December
Cabinet (2 December 2015) recommendation:
1. that clear objectives be set in preparation for negotiation if the bid proves successful in
reaching Government discussion;
2. that an oversight group be set up of Portfolio Holders and appropriate members to
follow the process of the bid;
3. that the work and the process to date be noted;
4. that the Leader be given delegated authority to sign the proposed Devolution Bid on
behalf of EDDC subject to ratification of Council on 16 December 2015;
5. that an element of rural proofing is put forward for inclusion in the draft bid.
The Devolution Debate for the Heart of the South West report (page 41) –
Cabinet minutes 2 December 2015
Please note that at this stage there are no new papers to circulate, although if received they
will be sent to Member
Council council agendas - East Devon