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Devolution proposals submitted for Yorkshire

Words: Laura Edgar
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The leaders of One Yorkshire have set out new proposals that aim to unlock the benefits of devolution for all parts of the region as part of a full One Yorkshire devolution deal in 2022.

The proposals would see a series of interim devolution deals agreed across the region, which would run in parallel with the existing Sheffield City Region agreement.

The proposals have been submitted to Prime Minister Boris Johnson. It is hoped that negotiations would see an agreement with the government completed by 2022, at the end of the current Sheffield City Region’s mayor’s term.

One Yorkshire leaders say that at this point any Sheffield City Region authorities that want to be part of the wider deal will be allowed to join.

In a letter to Johnson, One Yorkshire leaders said: "Devolution in Yorkshire is critical to deliver our shared objectives, which cross political divides and are about growth in a post-Brexit world.

"It aligns to your stated priorities of more investment in desperately needed transport and full fibre digital infrastructure, increase inward investment and help our companies export, deliver more houses to meet the acute shortage across the county, quicken the progress we are making in sustainable energy generation and carbon capture, better address the skills shortages in our workforce, and critically, help tackle deprivation, both urban and rural, wherever it exists in our communities."

A study that underpins the proposals suggests a devolution deal for Yorkshire could deliver £30 billion a year of economic benefits, which equates to £5,400 per person.

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