Winter Hill in Lancashire, as seen from Southport. Photo by Andrew Brown Stand Up For Southport

County Councillors have backed plans to set up a Combined County Authority (CCA) in Lancashire.

At a meeting this afternoon, members of Lancashire County Council considered the outcome of the devolution consultation and subsequently agreed to submit the county’s historic devolution proposal to the Government for parliamentary approval.

The decision has been heralded as brilliant news for the county and something that will pay rich dividends for Lancashire’s communities for many years to come.

It follows a similar vote by Blackpool Council yesterday, with members of Blackburn with Darwen Council due to vote this evening.

The three councils have been working together with Government to secure a deal which will see powers and budgets devolved from central government to Lancashire.

The Lancashire CCA aims to help address years of historically low investment in the area and provide a platform for accelerated growth.

It will provide a single body for the whole of Lancashire to champion its interests, deliver on local priorities and provide greater local accountability and decision-making powers.

In partnership with business and public service providers, including district councils, it aims to give Lancashire a stronger voice on the regional and national stage, ensuring greater benefit from funding and other opportunities.

An initial £20m capital funding will be unlocked when parliamentary approval is secured to support innovation led growth and net zero ambitions across Lancashire. 

Under the Government’s devolution framework, it is proposed that further powers and funding will then be devolved to the CCA including for adult education.

The decision followed a public consultation which showed the majority of respondents supported the creation of a the Lancashire CCA.

Many of Lancashire’s largest and most strategic employers and organisations, including all five universities operating in the county, also showed their support through both the formal consultation and letters of support.

Leading companies included Euro Garages, Eric Wright Group, Merlin Entertainments and Avanti West Coast together with business representative groups such as the Local Enterprise Partnership, East Lancashire and North and West Lancashire Chambers of Commerce and Industry all said they were in favour.

Councillor Phillippa Williamson, leader of the county council, said: “This is another historic day for Lancashire and another huge stride towards our ambition of creating an even more prosperous county.

“Together with my fellow leaders we have a shared vision of Lancashire reaching its true potential, with local decisions made here and not in London.

“Our county is already a brilliant place to live and work. We have amazing foundations and already achieve so much, but we know we can be even better.

“This devolution deal will give us the tools to make things happen and improve our communities. It really is brilliant news for our county and I can’t wait for our deal to be confirmed by Parliament.”

Members voted to give the council’s Chief Executive Angie Ridgwell delegated authority to submit the proposal and agree the wording of the regulations to create the Lancashire County Combined Authority in consultation with the chief executives of Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool Councils and the leaders.

The Secretary of State is expected to lay an order in Parliament to establish the new combined authority before the summer recess, with the new LCCA being established by the Autumn.

Notes to Editors

The deal aims to give local voices a greater role in decision-making, securing more investment and deliver better outcomes for Lancashire communities.

It would not mean removing or merging existing councils.

A total of 1,881 responses were received during the public consultation, with 1,695 being received from individuals.

In total 186 responses came from businesses and representative groups, including a number from key organisations and large employers who supported the deal.

The number of responses received was similar to public consultations undertaken for devolution deals in other areas.

Do you have a story for Stand Up For Southport? Do you need advertising, PR or media support? Please message Andrew Brown via Facebook here or email me at:

Log in with your credentials

Forgot your details?