Councils to investigate new ways of working

Coun Peter Gibson

Coun Peter Gibson

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Town hall leaders across Lancashire have made calls for councils in the county to work together for the good of the region.

Following the success of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, which is at the heart of government plans to devolve power to the county, work has begun that could see Lancashire adopt a similar approach.

The set-up sees leaders of the 10 councils in the area meet regularly and work together on issues affecting the whole county.

In a report prepared ahead of Wyre Council’s full meeting on Thursday, leader Coun Peter Gibson wrote: “Greater Manchester has operated the combined authority model for a number of years and I am sure that was a deciding factor in the government’s decision to devolve powers.”

Proposals will be put to the group for a vote next month.