Nottinghamshire County Council eyes ‘stronger model of decision making’

Plans have been proposed for Nottinghamshire County Council to return to to a stronger model of decision making used in local government whereby decisions are driven by a cabinet rather than multiple smaller committees.

Thursday, 16th September 2021, 11:30 am
Updated Thursday, 16th September 2021, 6:34 pm

The council has operated a committee-style model since 2012, but has now announced proposals ‘to work towards a return to a stronger model of decision making’, where decisions are driven by a cabinet, rather than multiple smaller committees.

The council is now set to debate the plans which it said would strengthen the case for devolved powers from central government – if approved, the changes are due to be implemented at the annual meeting in May 2022.

Devolution gives local councils and partners more powers over areas such as transport, planning and housing, skills, the environment and public safety.

Coun Ben Bradley, Mansfield MP and Nottinghamshire Council leader, outside the council headquarters in West Bridgford.

Coun Ben Bradley (Con), council leader and Mansfield MP, said: “Devolution would mean more accountability, but more control for Nottinghamshire over important areas of life.

“It could help steer adult skills and retraining towards the right sectors of industry, so people have a better chance to get good, well-paid jobs.

“Devolution could mean a joined-up tourism strategy for Nottinghamshire to make the most of our historic assets and bring money into the local economy.

“Crucially, devolution would also enable the council and its partners to have a stronger voice to help unlock the investment opportunities in Nottinghamshire.

"It would be a first step to create a stronger and more accountable leadership that will not only give us the powers we need locally but will also create a simpler and more efficient decision making.”

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