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North Yorkshire County Council Leader On Devolution Plans

North Yorkshire County Council Leader On Devolution Plans

Published by Karen Liu at 2:28pm 31st July 2020. (Updated at 2:29pm 31st July 2020)

North Yorkshire County Council is moving forward with its devolution plan.

It wants to create a so-called single unitary council based on the county's boundaries.

It would mean North Yorkshire County Council and all District and Borough equivalents be dissolved.

A devolution sees powers transferred from government to a local level. 

Carl Les, Leader of North Yorkshire County Council, said:

"Not only do you get control over funding streams that already exist, but the government also gives you an extra pot of money every year to spend in the area.

We would estimate at the moment it's going to be around £25 million a year guaranteed for 30 years."

Carl has been speaking to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Karen Liu:

The plans have been opposed by Scarborough Borough Council's Leader, Steve Siddons, and some other district authorities. 

North Yorkshire County Council have asked them to submit their own proposals for a devolution too.

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