Responding to commitment to start of negotiations on Devolution for York and North Yorkshire, as announced in the Levelling Up White Paper today.
Helen Simpson OBE, Chair of the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said:
“We warmly welcome the start of negotiations on a Devolution deal for York and North Yorkshire. It is an exciting time for the region with significant potential to grow our economy in ways that benefit businesses and the people who live and work across the region. We look forward to working with government to help them realise the scale and scope of their significant ambitions for devolved local decision making powers.
“We are totally committed to working in partnership with the City of York and the new North Yorkshire Council and to bringing the voice of business to the table in shaping the deal for our region. We want to work together to achieve prosperity for our places and our people, and give businesses the confidence they need to invest and thrive for the long term.”
Joint statement on announcement of the UK Government Levelling Up White Paper from Cllr Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council, and Cllr Carl Les, Chair of the Implementation Board for the new North Yorkshire Council (and/or Leader North Yorkshire County Council):
“Today’s announcement of a levelling up white paper brings York and North Yorkshire a step closer to a devolution deal. Devolution can unlock significant, long-term, investment for this region, driving growth and contributing to a stronger Northern economy. It has the potential to bring improvements to areas such as public transport, infrastructure, support for businesses, education and skills, benefitting the people who live and work here. A devolution deal could also help deliver an ambition for this region to become England’s first carbon negative economy. We therefore welcome the commitment shown for levelling up and devolution in this announcement.
“We now look forward to entering into negotiations with Government to secure the best possible deal for our region. We hope to see York and North Yorkshire taken forward as the first city-region rural powerhouse to make devolution a reality.”