Melton Borough Council

Have your say on a combined authority, to boost jobs and transport

Published Thursday, 17th September 2015 press release

Boosting jobs, improving transport and taking decisions locally – that’s the purpose of a proposed combined authority for Leicester and Leicestershire.

The city, county and district councils are working on proposals to create a combined authority. If the Government gives the go-ahead, it would guide decisions on transport, planning, skills and other key issues affecting the area. It would not replace individual councils and their current services but would enable them to work more closely together.

The proposed authority would oversee:

Planning: councils could work together to agree a clearer, long-term framework to meet future housing and employment needs for the whole area and identify future growth locations

Transport: focussing on long-term investment in road, rail and other public transport infrastructure

Skills: driving and delivering skills and training, to give local people the chance to get better qualifications and employment

Devolution: closer working through a combined authority is an important step to getting more powers from Government, ensuring local decisions are made locally

If you have any questions about the proposals, please look at the FAQs page on or you can email

You can have your say on our outline proposals at, before October 20th. Once we have your views, we intend to submit a proposal to the Government early next year.

Media note: For interviews on the combined authority proposals, please contact the county council, city council or district council press offices or contact 0116 305 7046 for any general questions about the proposals.