Devon and Torbay Combined County Authority and devolution deal

The proposed devolution deal for Devon and Torbay was announced by the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Homes and Communities and published by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) on 25 January 2024: Devon and Torbay devolution deal

In February 2024 Devon County Council and Torbay Council agreed to support the proposed deal and resolved to carry out a public consultation on a draft proposal to establish the Devon and Torbay Combined County Authority (DT CCA). The DT CCA will be a separate free-standing body with responsibility for functions to deliver the devolution deal.

A six week consultation on the draft proposal took place between 12 February to 24 March 2024. The draft proposal was published on this website together with a list of the powers and functions that Devon County Council and Torbay Council propose become available to the DT CCA: Consultation feedback report

Devon County Council and Torbay Council considered the results of the consultation at the end of April 2024. The final proposal for the DT CCA was submitted to Government on 1 May 2024. This includes a table listing the powers and functions that will be devolved to the CCA: Devon and Torbay Combined County Authority – Final Proposal

The next step is for the Government to draft and approve the regulations (a legal Order) to create the DT CCA. It is expected that this process will be complete in Autumn 2024.

However, in the light of the announcement of the general election, we are seeking clarity from Government officials on how the legislative process for setting up the Devon and Torbay Combined County Authority will be affected.

Both Devon County Council and Torbay Council remain committed to bringing forward our agreed devolution arrangement as soon as possible, and we collectively await clarity from Government officials.

Why do we need a devolution deal?

Devon and Torbay is a special place with enormous potential in its businesses, people and places. But Devon and Torbay face challenges that impact productivity levels and the ability to grow:

  • Productivity lags behind the UK average and requires an 30% increase to close the gap.
  • Public spending per person has historically trailed the rest of the UK.
  • Rural, urban and the coastal areas suffer from nationally significant levels of poverty.
  • Social mobility and youth aspiration and progression are particular areas of concern.
  • Young people are leaving the area due to a lack of available housing and attractive employment opportunities.
  • There are significant challenges with skills and educational performance and pockets of nationally significant educational need.

We believe that our proposal for a Devon and Torbay Combined County Authority will help us address these challenges.

View of Brixham Harbour on a sunny day, boats in the water and colourful houses on the far side.

The benefits we believe our proposal will bring to Devon and Torbay

With a population of 953,000 and a Gross Value Added of over £17 billion, Devon and Torbay offer enormous potential. We have nearly 50,000 businesses providing around 473,000 jobs. There are significant sectors with the potential for growth.

We believe that establishing a Devon and Torbay Combined County Authority will enable us to make a real difference to people’s lives – tackling challenges as well as providing Devon and Torbay with a stronger voice to influence policy for the benefit of our residents, communities and businesses.  Our proposal will give the area greater ability to: 

Maximise our economic potential

  • A skilled workforce our local economy needs for the future
  • Secure new investment to help create additional high value jobs
  • Devolution of Adult Education functions

Address our housing pressures 

  • Additional investment in affordable housing schemes
  • Reduce the barriers to affordable housing delivery
  • Greater Community Land Trust-led delivery

Improve local transport

  • Strengthened joined-up approach
  • Improved efficiency and co-ordination of public transport
  • Shared responsibility for strategic transport to support economic growth

Meet our net zero ambitions

  • Unlock Devon and Torbay’s huge green economic potential
  • More investment in green business growth
  • Capitalising on our area’s world-leading expertise in green science and technology

Deliver investment in Devon and Torbay

  • Local democratic accountability for investment decision in the local economy
  • A strong voice for business and skills representatives
  • Easier for businesses to access information, advice and support

Create a strong and sustainable local economy

  • Support high growth business sectors  and  our traditional strengths
  • Creating a strong and sustainable local economy
  • Increase productivity and pay across Devon and Torbay