Devolution timeline


November 2014 Government announces devolution deal with Greater Manchester.
May 2015
Government considers devolving powers and responsibilities to more local authorities. Councils could be given greater control over local transport, infrastructure (including housing) and skills funding under a new statutory body known as a Combined Authority.
July 2015 Government announces devolution deal with Cornwall.
September 2015
All 12 Hampshire councils together with Portsmouth and Southampton City Councils and the Isle of Wight Council, working alongside the Local Enterprise Partnerships and New Forest and South Downs National Park Authorities, submit a ‘prospectus’ for a Hampshire and Isle of Wight Combined Authority.
November 2015 Government announces devolution deals for Sheffield, the North East, Tees Valley, Liverpool and the West Midlands.
January 2016
Hampshire discussions stall when Ministers insist that the Combined Authority must be led by an elected Mayor.
February 2016
Authorities in the south of Hampshire – Portsmouth, Southampton, Isle of Wight, Eastleigh, Gosport, Fareham, Havant and East Hampshire plus the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership – propose a Solent Combined Authority including an elected Mayor.
March 2016  Government announces devolution deals for East Anglia, Greater Lincolnshire and the West of England.
May 2016
Hampshire County Council commissions a report exploring unitary council options for devolution in Hampshire – councils combining the current responsibilities of county and district councils for an area with additional devolved powers.
May 2016
Possible announcement by Government of further Combined Authorities, which may include Solent.
June 2016 Winchester and 13 other councils in Hampshire launch a detailed study to identify options for local government to meet the needs of residents and businesses in the 21st century, including unitary and combined authorities.
Summer 2016
Winchester City Council continues discussions with other Hampshire councils and Government seeking a model of devolution which is in the best interests of the Winchester district. Public engagement takes place.
May 2017
If approved by Government, Combined Authorities in Hampshire might be established and mayoral elections held. Public consultation would precede the Government decision.