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Talks Being Held For North Yorkshire Devolution Deal

Talks Being Held For North Yorkshire Devolution Deal

Published by Karen Liu at 9:17am 13th July 2020. (Updated at 12:32pm 13th July 2020)

North Yorkshire County Council and Scarborough Borough Council are among other local authorities in the county to begin the process of agreeing to a devolution proposal.

Devolution is the transfer of power and funding associated with specific policy areas from the UK Government to sub-regional and local governments in England.

The process means the transfer of powers, funding and decisions which would usually be taken by central government to a more local or regional level.  

The government has pledged that English devolution can be a means of ‘levelling up’ all parts of the country and reducing regional inequalities. English devolution deals focus on boosting local economic growth. Funding and powers are usually devolved to support transport, skills, housing, planning and general economic development programmes in the area. 

Generally, each devolution deal includes an investment fund worth hundreds of millions of pounds which is paid in annual instalments over three decades. These funds can be used to finance transport, housing, and a broader range of strategic projects which will attract further investment into the region. 

Since 2018, as a region, York and North Yorkshire have been discussing devolution when leaders across Yorkshire committed to developing a joined-up deal for “One Yorkshire”. However, the UK Government responded to this, making clear they would first prefer smaller devolved deals.

Since then, devolution deals have been agreed for South Yorkshire and, in March this year, a deal was agreed for West Yorkshire. A York and North Yorkshire deal is the only option currently on the table for the sub-region.

North Yorkshire County Council, City of York Council and the District and Borough Councils of Craven, Hambleton, Harrogate, Scarborough, Selby, Richmondshire and Ryedale have agreed to explore with Government what opportunities the potential for devolution could bring, helping York and Yorkshire recover strongly.

The timetable is still to be set for York and North Yorkshire to make decisions about its own devolution, aiming to take place between 2020 and 2022.

The leaders from each of the local authorities are now at the stage where they are considering a set of “asks” which are laid out in the devolution proposal. 

At meetings taking place throughout July, each local authority is being asked to agree to begin the process of negotiating a devolution deal by agreeing the “asks”. 

If conversations between the Councils and Government progress well, a governance review will be required to take place, including a full consultation, which will provide residents, communities and businesses a full opportunity to share their views before decisions are made.

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zara, on 13th July 2020 6:05pm
so we will be asked our views but will have no say in the decision? Surely this is something that all the people should have a vote on.

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