Coalition bid to end devolution deadlock for Yorkshire

EFFORTS are under way to end the deadlock over Yorkshire devolution with an attempt to build a “coalition of the willing”, The Yorkshire Post has learned.

cument sent to council leaders ahead of a meeting today is the latest attempt to generate support for the idea of a single devolution agreement covering the whole of the region and the likely election of a Yorkshire mayor.

It claims that striking an ambitious regional deal could double Yorkshire’s economic output over 30 years. The paper says: “Our Yorkshire model is ambitious to provide England’s biggest county with greater control over its own destiny. It provides a way to answer the great challenges like combining a strong economy with tackling social division and improving public services.”

Read on… http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/coalition-bid-to-end-devolution-deadlock-for-yorkshire-1-8674315

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3 Responses to Coalition bid to end devolution deadlock for Yorkshire

  1. Albion says:

    We will end up with a devolution plan that is Sheffield centric, and that does not bode well for the region.

    Sheffield politicians managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by ensuring HS2 bypassed the city leaving a snail pace spur line to connect with direct fast trains to London.

  2. Colin Tawn says:

    “answer the great challenges like combining a strong economy with tackling social division and improving public services.”
    This is left wing speak for not spending money on infrastructure, jobs creation and housing.
    Under the last Labour government and since 2010 every borough has social divisions.Throwing taxpayers money at problems does not work and devolution is supposed to be about city councils working to a cohesive strategy for the benefit of the county, not for the benefit of individual councils and their various vanity projects.
    I have not read or heard anything from Sheffield City Council that supports or proposes the regeneration of Rotherham Town centre, jobs creation or improving our infrastructure.
    The biggest problem with devolution for Yorkshire IMV is that local politicians are asking ‘what’s in it for me’ as they see personal glory as the road to re-election.
    “What about the workers”? you might ask. The answer; What about them? This project is about money,pure and simple.

  3. LucyJ says:

    Yorkshire has an economy bigger than Scotland (and and has the potential to be an overwhelming powerhouse) which could easily make a powerful case for ‘Yorkshire’. Yet the mini area political fieffdoms demonstrate chronic myopia as they continue to fight to maintain the status quo in order to protect their own ‘corners’ and self interest.

    When will they wake up?

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