1. ITV Report

Calls for meeting over 'One Yorkshire' devolution deal

Bridgewater Place in Leeds is the tallest building in Yorkshire Credit: ITV News

Representatives of fifteen Yorkshire councils have asked for a meeting with the Government to discuss their case for a 'One Yorkshire' devolution deal.

It follows after months of disagreement, after Barnsley and Doncaster councils backed off from plans to create a Sheffield City Region involving all the South Yorkshire councils.

Harrogate Borough Council has now stepped away from the 'One Yorkshire' proposal, after the Government said it was not prepared to discuss the idea. Separate plans were floated for a 'Greater Yorkshire' deal, which would not include South Yorkshire.

The 'One Yorkshire' deal would see councils across the region come together Credit: ITV News

The councils expressing their support for 'One Yorkshire' are:

  • Bradford
  • York
  • Scarborough
  • East Riding of Yorkshire
  • Leeds
  • North Yorkshire
  • Kingston upon Hull
  • Richmondshire
  • Selby
  • Doncaster
  • Craven
  • Barnsley
  • Hambleton
  • Kirklees
  • Calderdale

The leaders issued the following statement, demanding a meeting 'as a matter of urgency':

“At the Yorkshire Leaders Board today in York we as 15 representatives of local councils across Yorkshire agreed to request a meeting with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in order to understand the reasoning of the Government and present our compelling case for a ‘One Yorkshire’ devolution deal. This follows the All Party Parliamentary Group on the 18th October agreeing to assist in pressing the Secretary of State to accept and meet with Yorkshire leaders as a matter of urgency.”

– Yorkshire Leaders Board