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All of the councils in Devon and Somerset, along with the Local Enterprise Partnership, the two National Park Authorities and the three Clinical Commissioning Groups, are working in partnership towards achieving devolution for the Heart of the South West.

Following the changes in Government after the EU Referendum, the process of moving towards devolution has slowed. Our devolution bid is fundamentally about addressing the productivity gap between Heart of the South West and the rest of the UK and the work we are now doing targets this.

The Partnership is now developing a Productivity Plan in order to deliver our aspirations.

The current consultation sets out the challenges facing the Heart of the South West in some detail. A number of questions are identified and the Partnership wants to hear your thoughts on these points.

Please share and discuss this document with your colleagues and through your networks. Please let us have your views by 10 March 2017 by making submissions to engagement@torbay.gov.uk.

The information provided during the engagement process will be used by the Partnership prepare the Draft Productivity Plan - which will be released by the end of June 2017. There will be a further period of consultation on this paper over the summer with the final Plan expected to be approved in the autumn.

Driving productivity in the Heart of the South West
Consultation Paper (Green Paper) - January 2017

Supporting technical papers have been prepared to provide evidence to guide discussions and to inform responses to the questions asked in the Productivity Plan Green Paper.

Skills and Productivity in the Heart of the South West
A Technical Paper providing further information to guide discussions.
Productivity Growth in the Heart of the South West
A Technical Paper providing evidence to guide discussions and to inform responses to the questions asked in that paper.