Devolution and combined authorities
Chesterfield Borough Council’s leader has pulled the council’s devolution bid to avoid an unnecessary waste of public money on a referendum called by Derbyshire County Council’s leader Councillor Barry Lewis.
Please note: other information on this page may now be out of date, and will be amended.
Many decisions that affect the lives of residents in Chesterfield are taken by politicians and civil servants in London. They also control the money that provides those services.
The Government is offering places in England the chance to transfer powers and decisions to a more local level. These powers are in addition to those already held by local councils, like us. This process is called devolution.
One of these devolution deals has been agreed with the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority, where the Government powers would be managed by locally elected council leaders and a directly elected mayor.
If Chesterfield becomes a full (constituent) member of the authority we will have an equal seat at the table where decisions are made on how £900 million of funding is handed out over the next 30 years.
This is the only devolution deal on offer for Chesterfield. Our councillors believe we should take advantage of the opportunities on offer, while still remaining a Derbyshire town and keeping control of all our council’s powers.
What's it all about?
On these pages you can find information about what Chesterfield residents and businesses stand to gain by taking part in the Sheffield City Region devolution deal, including:
- some detailed frequently asked questions about devolution and myth busters
- information about how being in the Sheffield City region has already brought millions of pounds of funding to Chesterfield for our major developments
- a case study of how skills and training of Chesterfield residents is being paid for by the Sheffield City Region
- the economic case for being part of this deal, information about how it would work and a timeline of the process
- as well as a 12 point guide to how it will affect us here in Chesterfield.
Derbyshire County Council referendum plans
Following a meeting of its cabinet on Friday 9 June 2017, Derbyshire County Council confirmed its intention for a postal referendum of all Chesterfield residents aged 18 and over over whether Chesterfield should become a full member of Sheffield CIty Region Combined Authority.
It is expected that the referendum, carried out by Electoral Reform Services, should take place from Wednesday 21 June 2017.