Solent Combined Authority bid halted

The deal to set up a new authority for the Solent area has been stopped by the government, because Hampshire County Council does not support it.

The Solent Deal, to create the authority to take on services currently managed by central government, was halted at a meeting of MPs and council leaders at Westminster as a result of Hampshire County Council not supporting it.

The combined authority, also consisting of Southampton, Portsmouth and Isle of Wight councils, had been allocated £900 million in government funding, to be spent over 30 years. It would have seen the councils leave the current system of government funding in exchange for keeping business rates of about £210m a year.

Hampshire County Council leader Roy Perry, said: "I'm not surprised that the deal is now dead. It would not have helped the local economy and would have led to the dismantling of vital county-wide services - such as transport, health and social care."