A statement of intent for devolution was submitted to Ministers on Monday 27 July. This document was signed by Gloucestershire’s Clinical Commissioning Group, the GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the Gloucestershire Constabulary and the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner and the county’s seven councils.

The government then gave us the go-ahead to submit a detailed bid, which will be considered as part of its comprehensive spending review. This bid was submitted on Friday 4 September. The government will now select and negotiate on bids in time for the Chancellor of the Exchequer to announce further devolution deals in his public spending review statement on Wednesday 25 November.

Devolution matters in Gloucestershire because we feel we can achieve more for Gloucestershire with more local power.

Leaders of all the public organisations are enthusiastic about the opportunities devolution may bring for Gloucestershire.