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In response to the Government’s devolution agenda, since August 2015 authorities across the South West have been working towards a deal that would potentially bring extra funding and decision-making powers to the local level. Their aim is to help increase productivity and economic prosperity across the region.

The Heart of the South West (HotSW) partnership is made up of 23 organisations: 17 local authorities, Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks, the HotSW Local Enterprise Partnership and the three Clinical Commissioning Groups.

The partners have agreed to formally establish a HotSW Joint Committee comprising of the Leaders and lead representatives from each authority. The Committee’s first meeting is on 2 March 2018 when a Chair and Vice Chair will be appointed. Key functions of the Joint Committee are to agree and oversee delivery of a Productivity Strategy for the area and act as a vehicle for discussions with Government across a range of policy areas.

At the end of 2017, the Partnership consulted on its Draft Productivity Strategy and has taken the feedback it received and prepared a final Productivity Strategy which will be considered by the Joint Committee at its meeting on 2 March. The consultation report and the proposed Productivity Strategy are available below.