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What agreeing a Deal will mean for Norfolk

Norfolk County Council and the Government have agreed, in principle, a new County Deal for Norfolk, to transfer funding and powers to this area - a process known as devolution.

An aerial view of Norwich, with the cathedral as a focal point

Subject to reaching final agreement, it will enable us to invest in areas such as better transport, skills, job opportunities, housing and regeneration, tailored to the specific needs of local people.

Agreeing a County Deal for Norfolk would mean that, from 2024 onwards, we can:

  • Have a Council Leader who is directly elected by the public, enabling Norfolk's voice to be heard by the Government
  • Target funding and resources to Norfolk's own priorities
  • Unlock housing and employment sites
  • Invest in the skills we need and attracting and retaining key businesses
  • Open the door to more - further powers and funding in future

The Deal makes it clear that the County Council and Government are "minded" to agree a deal and that further steps will be taken before a final decision.

Read the full A County Deal for Norfolk: The Key Points report (PDF) [1MB]

Watch How will the County Deal benefit Norfolk (video).

More money for Norfolk

Under a Deal, Norfolk would receive a £20 million investment fund, every year for 30 years. There would also be specific funding for integrated transport, brownfield development (£7 million), adult education (£12 million), and infrastructure (£5.9 million for housing, regeneration and development, during this Spending Review period).

Experience from other areas such as Greater Manchester, that secured devolution deals a few years ago, show that initial deals can open the door to receiving further powers and money and influence.

No extra costs

An elected County Council Leader would be supported by the County Council's existing departments and officers. This contrasts with mayoral combined authorities in cities, which have their own staff and running costs, separate from the local council and creating another layer of local government.

No changes to Norfolk's councils

The Government is clear that County Deals are not about local government reorganisation and so the County Council will continue to work closely with Norfolk's district, town and parish councils.

Working with our partners

The County Council is committed to working closely with key partners such as district councils, businesses and other bodies, to make the most of any new powers and funding that come into Norfolk as a result of a deal.