New Mayor and East Midlands Combined County Authority approved

Jacob Young

The last legal step to establish the East Midlands Combined County Authority (EMCCA) has been signed and made into law.

Jacob Young MP, Levelling Up Minister, has signed off the regulations that allow for EMCCA to be created, meaning that residents across the area will get to vote for the very first East Midlands Mayor, with elections taking place on Thursday 2 May 2024.

Ben Bradley MP, leader of Nottinghamshire County Council said: “Whilst this is a really important step in the creation of the authority, what is more important are the very real benefits to the people of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire which will be realised as a result of the investment EMCCA will attract. Having a single body working directly with the government will give the region a voice and profile it has never had before and will bring opportunities that will strengthen the East Midlands for future generations.”

The devolution deal, agreed upon with Government ministers in 2022, will allocate a £1.14bn investment fund to benefit Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Derby, and Nottingham.

As part of the devolution plans, the East Midlands is also set to establish an ‘Investment Zone,’ attracting £160m in support over ten years, along with tax incentives for businesses to boost economic growth across the region.

The Government will collaborate with EMCCA and other partners to develop plans for the East Midlands Investment Zone, attracting private investment and creating jobs.

Already, £18m has been allocated to improve local housing, transport, and skills provision during devolution negotiations.

Cllr David Mellen, leader of Nottingham City Council, said: “This is a historic moment for the region, and I am proud to say we have delivered this deal for Nottingham and the millions who live across the whole devolution area. The extra funding coming to the area and the devolved powers will make a huge difference to the region, bringing in more investment in skills and jobs and housing. This is all about improving local people’s lives and creating new opportunities for our communities across the East Midlands.

“We are already working closely together to steer the development for the new combined county authority and we will continue to work closely to give us a stronger voice in the region and across the whole country.”

The first election for Mayor of the East Midlands is scheduled for Thursday, May 2.

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