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Devolution - your 12 point guide

Devolution - your 12 point guide

  • 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.

    Find out more about this decision here.

    Please note: other information on this page may now be out of date, and will be amended.

This is your 12 point guide to the Sheffield City Region devolution deal.

You might also like to see our myth-busters below.

1. Devolution mans that local decision makers will be given extra powers and responsibilities that are currently held by ministers and civil servants in London. These are different to the everyday powers local councils have.

2. Our councillors voted at a meeting in April that Chesterfield should be a full member of the Sheffield City Region devolution deal and a non-constituent member of the North Midlands Combined Authority area.

3. Sheffield City Region has agreed a deal with the Government which would allow Chesterfield access to £900 million of funding over the next 30 years along with £484 million over the next five years. 

The North Midlands Combined Authority has no devolution deal agreed and is not actively pursuing one at the moment.

4. Chesterfield is not leaving Derbyshire – no decision will change the borough’s boundaries. Chesterfield will remain a part of Derbyshire We will not become part of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, Nottingham or Nottinghamshire.

5. All Chesterfield Borough Council services will stay exactly as they are and no other council will be able to dictate how they are run. This includes day-to-day council house decisions, as well as services like sports centres, parks and open spaces, collecting rubbish and cleaning the streets.

6. Derbyshire County Council services for Chesterfield residents – including schools, social care and libraries - will also stay the same, except for some public transport powers. The devolution deal will mean that public transport services are integrated across administrative boundaries to better meet the needs of local people. Derbyshire County Council will remain responsible for highways maintenance in Chesterfield.

7. There is no Derbyshire option to get devolution powers. The Government has ruled out Derbyshire receiving devolved powers on its own.

8. We are not merging with Sheffield City Council – they will not have control over the services we currently provide

9. The Government will only hand over the full range of devolved powers, including housing, some transport powers, skills and training and business support, if they are run by a combined authority and an elected mayor. The elected mayor for the region will have responsibility for the powers devolved from London to the local area.

10. The devolution deal would not affect Chesterfield’s mayor who carries out a civic rather than a political role.

11. Residents have already had the opportunity to take part in consultations on the issue of devolution. The public was encouraged to take part through public meetings, the local media, e-bulletins to the business, community and voluntary sectors, and through websites and social media.

12. The consultation ran from 1 July to 12 August

So it's easy for myths to build up around what the process is and isn't about. Here is the reality behind some myths that are around:

Reality: Chesterfield is and always will be part of Derbyshire. There will be no changes to Chesterfield’s geographical boundaries. It’s not up for discussion.

Reality: Chesterfield isn’t merging with Sheffield City Council – or any council. Chesterfield Borough Council will remain in control of every single thing it currently does. 

What we are applying to join is a separate organisation called the Sheffield City Region Mayoral Combined Authority. This is made up of different councils who all have an equal seat at the table (see myth 6). They vote together on issues that would otherwise be controlled by ministers or civil servants in London.

Reality: As stated above none of Chesterfield Borough Council’s services will be affected.

Derbyshire County Council will also continue to run all its services as it does now with the one exception of public transport services which would instead be coordinated across a wider region to enable them to link up better together.

Everything else the county council does including running education, children and young people services, adult care and libraries, will continue to be run at County Hall in Matlock as it is now.

Reality: Derbyshire County Council will carry out roads maintenance in Chesterfield as they do now. 

Reality: Derbyshire Police, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue and the East Midlands Ambulance Service will run Chesterfield’s emergency services as they do now.

Reality: The proposals would give the Chesterfield area an equal say with other areas, even though our population is quite a bit smaller. 

There would be two votes for the Chesterfield area (one for Chesterfield Borough Council, one for Derbyshire County Council), the same as for the other areas in South Yorkshire.  So although we are a smaller area, we would get the same say as any other area.

These are some of the key points about devolution but fuller detail, including answers to questions we have received from the public, can be seen in our frequently asked questions.

Last updated on 13 June 2017