Lancashire Combined Authority
Lancashire leaders to explore new combined authority
Lancashire's council leaders have agreed in principle to explore a combined authority.
At a meeting of all Lancashire council leaders on Wednesday 10 June 2020, a unanimous decision was taken for the councils to work together more closely to improve the economy of Lancashire, addressing issues such as transport and inward investment.
Find out more on Lancashire County Council (external link).
What is a Combined Authority?
Lancashire's councils already work closely together but a combined authority is a formal, legal step that means councils can act as one authority in the best interests of Lancashire around the areas of economic regeneration, housing and transport.
A combined authority is:
- a formal, legal step to allow councils to work more closely together in a more structured way
- a move to improve economic development, skills and transport to benefit the whole county
A combined authority is not:
- a merger or take-over of councils or a unitary council
- a giving-up of powers by individual councils
The creation of a Combined Authority is something that is being replicated across the country with many bids already approved by the Government.
What are the benefits of becoming a combined authority?
A combined authority means that councils can work as one democratically accountable body around the key areas of economic development, regeneration and transport to:
- avoid duplication and provide more efficient services
- create a stronger basis for bidding for Government and EU money
- make best use of council and Government money
- speed up decision-making.
A combined authority could streamline services, be more transparent and efficient, and make it easier for Lancashire to attract investment and jobs.
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