Lancashire Combined Authority

Along with other councils in Lancashire, we are discussing whether we'd like to be part of a Combined Authority for Lancashire.

What's a combined authority?

The idea is for councils to work together on some of the bigger issues such as creating jobs, housing, transport and making sure residents have the right skills.

A Combined Authority is a legal body that means councils across an area, in this case Lancashire, can work together better and be more accountable to residents.

All 12 district councils, as well as Lancashire County Council and the two unitary authorities – Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool Councils – have been involved in the process.

On December 17 our councillors will be asked whether they want to take the next step and formally consult residents and businesses early in the new year. 

Creating a Combined Authority would not result in councils merging or drastically changing what we're doing. 

This video from the Local Government Association explains the process: