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Compelling economic case for Yorkshire devolution presented to Government

Yorkshire council leaders have asked the Government to work with them to deliver a One Yorkshire devolution deal, which could deliver a £30billion-a-year boost to the region and the UK.

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The findings of a new independent study confirm there is a coherent Yorkshire economy and that a devolution deal for the region could unlock benefits worth up to £5,400 per person.

The independent study’s findings are included in a new submission to Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary James Brokenshire MP setting out the compelling case for a One Yorkshire devolution deal with a One Yorkshire Mayor elected in 2020.

The study finds there is “strong evidence” that Yorkshire is a coherent economic area and business supports devolution at a regional level.

The research identifies areas where Yorkshire-level devolution could make a significant impact, including transport, exports, inward investment and higher level skills. 

Preservation of the Yorkshire brand and identity emerges as a key finding, with business considering it an important asset in national and international markets and 75% of people within the region identifying with Yorkshire.

The study highlights how historic approaches to local transport may be hindering commuting between different parts of the region and limits the full potential of the strategic assets in the region, such as international ports.

Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The council supports the One Yorkshire devolution deal as it will help boost our local economy and ensure a unified voice that will champion the region’s interests locally, nationally and internationally.

“The independent study that has been undertaken demonstrates clearly that, by working together as one, Yorkshire can firmly establish itself as a global brand and deliver economic and social benefits that could transform communities across the county.” 

Further information about the One Yorkshire devolution deal can be found in the executive summary and final report documents: 

One Yorkshire Devolution - Final Report (pdf 2.2mb)

One Yorkshire Devolution - Executive Summary (pdf 90kb)