The consultation for the “East Midlands Devolution Deal” closed on 9th January 2023. It will see a new, additional authority for “the Area” which comprises the counties of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, including the cities of Derby and Nottingham. The proposal is being sold on the basis of bringing in an extra £1.14 billion over the next 30 years and a new mayoral authority to oversee the Area.
The Green Party is a party of social and environmental justice, which supports a radical transformation of society for the benefit of all, and for the planet as a whole. We understand that the threats to economic, social and environmental wellbeing are part of the same problem, and recognise that solving one of these crises cannot be achieved without solving the others. We do not believe that the imposition of a mayoral authority on the people of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, without proper democracy and accountability, will further these aims.
The East Midlands Green Party welcomes any additional funding for our region but disagrees with the proposal and has submitted a detailed response setting out its reasons.