York and North Yorkshire elect mayor and receive £540m

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Simon Clarke, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said: “Local leaders are best placed to know what their communities need, so I am delighted that the people of York and North Yorkshire can directly elect a mayor to make their priorities a reality. ”

Carl Les, the leader of North Yorkshire County Council, said: “The opportunity to secure a large number of decision-making powers and bring in millions of pounds of investment for North Yorkshire is a huge opportunity to shape the future of the county for many years to shape.

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“Whether it’s improving skills and education, bringing in more investment in the region or helping to improve transport links and provide much-needed affordable housing, the deal will allow us to take much more control of our own lives. fate.”

Keith Aspden, the leader of the City of York Council, added: “Given its importance, I would encourage everyone in the city to take the opportunity to review the details of this proposed deal, which is worth tens of millions of dollars each year. government funding to support the local economy, invest in local businesses, foster innovation, especially around initiatives such as BioYorkshire, and help improve the lives of our residents.”

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He said a public consultation is still underway, with businesses and residents invited to comment on the details of the deal, if agreed.

The Confederation of British Industry welcomed the announcement, with Regional Director Beckie Hart saying it “long believed that local leaders, supported by the private sector and wider stakeholders, are best placed to recognize an area’s strengths and development needs.” and act upon it.”

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The deal is the first of 13 devolution negotiations listed in February’s Leveling Up White Paper – detailing plans for creating better opportunities outside the south east of England – to come to fruition.