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Help shape the future of North Yorkshire and York – Let's Talk Devolution

A major consultation has been launched to give everyone in North Yorkshire and York the chance to share their views on a much-anticipated proposed devolution deal for the area.

The draft deal offers devolved powers and millions of pounds in funding which could help reduce the North-South national divide and resolve economic differences between urban and rural areas in the region. Residents are also set to be given the chance to elect a mayor to champion the region at a national level to help ensure the Government delivers on commitments to level up opportunities in York and North Yorkshire.

The planned 30-year deal includes over £540 million of new funds that the mayor could spend in the region, giving us the chance to benefit in ways that other areas – like Manchester, Tees Valley and West Yorkshire – already have. The mayor, who would be elected in May 2024 if the proposed deal goes ahead, would lead a new powerful combined authority that would oversee key projects ranging from major transport and digital improvements to providing more affordable housing, and boosting skills and education. The authority would also support action to reduce harmful carbon emissions and help businesses to grow in climate friendly ways. Councils representing the City of York and North Yorkshire will remain, working to deliver vital services to residents.

To find out more about the proposed devolution deal and to have your say, visit ynydevolution.commonplace.is.

Posted on 24th October 2022

by Let’s Talk Team