Seventeen councils in Yorkshire have said for the first time they want to unite behind a devolution deal.
A “coalition of the willing” is being called for by several leaders as part of a Yorkshire Day declaration.
Despite a range of proposals, councils have so far failed to agree a pan-Yorkshire deal.
Sheffield and other councils in South Yorkshire and the north Midlands agreed a government deal for the Sheffield City Region.
The Yorkshire Post Says: Yorkshire finally pulls together on devolution – on Yorkshire Day
It’s perhaps ironic that on Yorkshire Day of all days the county’s political leaders may have finally ended the deadlock over devolution following a crucial summit in York.
The news that Yorkshire’s council leaders are seeking a single deal for Yorkshire based around the creation of an elected mayor is, on the face of it, welcome news. This ‘coalition of the willing’ now includes Hull for the first time, as well as Barnsley and Doncaster after they pulled out of the separate Sheffield City Region agreement.
The power of the Yorkshire brand is greater than the sum of its individual parts and the challenge facing council leaders is how to harness this for the benefit of all our town’s and cities. It will not be without its difficulties. Critics point out that devolution is primarily about growing the economy faster and that different parts of the region have strikingly different economic needs.
It’s Yorkshire’s day: Time for White Rose County to shape its own destiny
Plans to push ahead with a single Yorkshire devolution deal will include the region agreeing to have an elected Mayor, it was confirmed today.
A coalition of civic leaders who have come together in a renewed drive for regional autonomy say they will agree to a Mayoral figurehead “in the first instance” as part of any devolved powers handed down by Government.
The Yorkshire Day announcement has revitalised hopes that a deal with the Government will be forthcoming, after years of stalled talks complicated by the unique and expansive geography of the region and Ministers’ previous hostility to a ‘One Yorkshire’ type agreement.