The leaders of all seven district and borough councils in Leicestershire say they will be fully involved in any discussions about the future of local government and will protect the interests of residents and businesses.
The Government is expected to soon publish a white paper about devolution.
In a joint statement, the leaders of Blaby, Charnwood, Harborough Hinckley & Bosworth, Melton, North West Leicestershire and Oadby and Wigston district and borough councils said: “The district and borough councils are continuing to focus their efforts on playing a crucial role in tackling the coronavirus pandemic and working hard to support communities and local businesses in these difficult times.
“That involves working with a range of partners, including Leicestershire County Council.
“At the beginning of the year we wrote to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government in support of devolution and to make clear our willingness to work with government on its forthcoming devolution framework. The letter received a positive response.
“We are aware that a white paper about devolution and local recovery is expected shortly.
“The district and borough councils would like to be clear that our number one priority is continuing to help the people and businesses of Leicestershire through this crisis.
“However, should government initiate a consultation about the future of local government, the district and borough councils of Leicestershire will be fully involved and will ensure the interests of residents and businesses in our areas are protected. We are fully committed to the levelling-up agenda and the need to drive economic growth.
“We will continue to invite Leicestershire County Council to be involved in our discussions and would urge them to reciprocate.”