Yorkshire council leaders call for Government’s devolution backing

Cllr Yvonne Peacock.

Yorkshire council leaders say a new study proves that a One Yorkshire devolution deal should get the Government’s backing.

Council bosses say the study confirm there is a “coherent Yorkshire economy” and that a devolution deal for the region could unlock benefits worth up to £5,400 per person.

The independent report’s findings are included in a new submission to Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary James Brokenshire setting out the case for a One Yorkshire devolution deal with a One Yorkshire Mayor elected in 2020.

The research says the areas where Yorkshire-level devolution could make a significant impact include transport, exports, inward investment and higher level skills.

Businesses see the Yorkshire brand and identity as an important asset in national and international markets, wuth 75 per cent of people within the region identifying with Yorkshire.

The study says historic approaches to local transport may be hindering commuting between different parts of the region and limits the full potential of the strategic assets in the region such as our international ports.

Richmondshire district council Leader, Councillor Yvonne Peacock, said working together as ‘One Yorkshire’ could bring huge benefits to the district.

“We need to work together to protect the Yorkshire brand and seek a joined up approach to bring the best benefits for the county – and for Richmondshire,” she said.