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Options for devolution to be explored

On Friday, 28th July 2017 Leaders from across Yorkshire met in York in a positive and constructive meeting and agreed that they have strong common cause. The Leaders agreed unanimously to form a 'coalition of the willing', working towards securing a single ambitious devolution deal for the Yorkshire authorities and areas wanting to work together on this basis.

In the first instance this would be based on the Government's present requirements of a directly elected mayor with clear responsibilities yet to be determined. All Leaders present, including Barnsley and Doncaster, supported this approach as well as supporting a deal for Sheffield and Rotherham, should they seek to pursue that as an option.

Over the coming weeks, the Leaders committed to exploring these proposals with colleagues, local stakeholders including MPs, business, unions and political groups. Leaders plan to meet again in early September to decide how best to take this negotiation forward with Government at pace and with local backing.

Leader of Craven District Council Councillor Richard Foster continued: "We have agreed in principle to explore proposals for a single combined authority. Obviously the devil will be in the detail, making sure it reflects the diversity of the area but the geography of such a Yorkshire Combined Authority means we will be able to continue working with NYCC but also be directly linked to our neighbours in West Yorkshire. This way we can ensure we get the best deal for Craven with a focus on increasing productivity and growing an inclusive economy."