‘Bias’ claim over Norfolk-Suffolk devolution consultation

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Consultation leaflets on the proposed devolution settlement for Norfolk and Suffolk are “limited and biased”, a councillor has claimed.

A public consultation on the plan to establish a new combined authority for the two counties, under the leadership of an elected mayor, is now underway.

And leaflets promoting the project are being delivered to homes this week.

But Labour county councillor Steve Morphew has claimed the material released by the authority so far is slanted in favour of the proposal, which he voted against.

He has tabled a motion to be debated at the authority’s meeting on Monday, regretting the “limited and biased view” presented of the proposals.

It continues: “In order to redress the balance and avoid the results being subject to challenge because of the biased nature of the process, Council instructs the Managing Director to use reasonable means to circulate additional information to residents sufficient to redress the pro devolution agreement bias.”

Residents have until August 23 to take part in the consultation. After that, county and district councils which have backed the scheme so far, including West Norfolk, will make their final decisions on whether to participate in October.

To have your say, visit www.eastangliadevo.co.uk.