There has been a lot about devolution in the press recently. It is something of a buzz word and high on the government's agenda. But what does it all mean?
Put simply, devolution is all about transferring power from Government to local authorities. This means a lot of the money and resources controlled centrally can be drawn down and used locally.
The result is more money for the local economy, and the ability to plan and deliver local projects, such as new roads and schools.
As a council we are very supportive of devolution and all the benefits it can bring. We have been working with other councils in Hampshire, towards a 'devolution deal' as, by working together, councils get a much better deal and far more benefits for residents and businesses.
The councils we are working with are East Hants District Council, Eastleigh Borough Council, Gosport Borough Council, Havant Borough, Isle of Wight Council, Portsmouth City Council and Southampton City Council.