COUNCILLORS are to decide whether plans should be drawn up to secure more powers from the government.
Portsmouth City Council’s chief executive David Williams is putting together a report that asks members whether the authority should work with other councils on the proposal.
It comes after it was revealed councils across the county are looking to join up and create a combined authority in order to receive more powers from the government, similar to those given to Scotland, Wales and London.
Portsmouth City Council leader Donna Jones has said all councils are supportive, including Southampton, and the idea is to be discussed more at a local level.
The idea is to ensure fewer decisions are made by ministers in Whitehall and give communities a greater say in how they are shaped.
It could mean councils being able to dictate how money is spent on major transport projects – which the department for transport currently has a say over – and have a greater say in how money is spent on schools, business parks and hospitals.
More say could be had over housing targets currently set by the government.
The proposals will be discussed by Portsmouth’s Tory cabinet when it meets on Friday, July 3, from 1pm in the council chamber at Portsmouth Guildhall.