The city, county and district councils are working on proposals to create a combined authority.
If the Government gives the go-ahead, it would guide decisions on transport, planning, skills and other key issues affecting the area.
The proposed authority would oversee:
Councils could work together to agree a clearer, long-term framework to meet future housing and employment needs for the whole area and identify future growth locations
Focussing on long-term investment in road, rail and other public transport infrastructure
Driving and delivering skills and training, to give local people the chance to get better qualifications and employment
Closer working through a combined authority is an important step to getting more powers from Government, ensuring local decisions are made locally
Anyone with questions about the proposals are asked to look at the FAQs page on www.llca.org.uk or email email@example.com.
People can have their say on the outline proposals at http://www.llca.org.uk, before 20th October. Once views are collated, a proposal will be submitted to the Government early next year.