Date Published: 16-05-2016

A couple of months ago, we reported on the original proposal for the East Anglian Devolution Deal and what it would mean for the region, especially if Cambridge was to opt out.

To recap, the deal put forward was that Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire would effectively have a joint council with a Mayor that would oversee the whole area and have access to millions of pounds that as individual councils they wouldn’t get.

Cambridge City and Cambridgeshire originally rejected the deal because of several reasons including the costs involved and the worry that localised councils won’t have enough power, but now they’ve proposed a counter offer.

The counter offer would see two combined areas and two mayors – one for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, and one for Norfolk and Suffolk – which those behind the proposal insist would take some of the pressure away as each mayor would have a smaller area to cover.

For the time being, this is just a suggestion from Cambridgeshire that has been accused of having a “Superiority Complex” and the Local Government Minister James Wharton has told MPs that the government had no plans to discuss any other deals, but what we do know is that the Local Government Secretary is due to visit the region, so only time will tell.

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