An "important and empowering" devolution deal being proposed for Suffolk could see the county council leader directly elected for the first time and the authority given control of a £480million investment fund.

Under the government's proposals, the county will be given greater decision-making powers, including the ability for residents, rather than county councillors, to directly elect the leader alongside the other county councillors when elections take place every four years.

Now people's views are being sought on the deal, which will also see the council being given control of the Adult Education Budget, one-off £5.8m funding to prepare brownfield sites for development and multi-year transport funding.

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There will also be an additional £500,000 over two years to finalise the Suffolk Transport Plan.

Current county council leader Matthew Hicks said: "This is an important and empowering decision about the future we want for Suffolk.

"A decision of this significance deserves considered input from the broadest range of people possible, which is why the consultation is open for 10 weeks.

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"I urge everyone to take time to read the details of the deal and then complete to have their say in this consultation.” 

To respond to the consultation, visit