WYCA responds to inclusion of devolution measures in Queen's Speech

Responding to today’s inclusion of devolution measures in today’s Queen’s Speech, West Yorkshire Combined Authority Chair, Cllr Peter Box said,

“We have already achieved a first-stage devolution agreement and we now have the opportunity to build upon that position and take a central role in delivering the Northern Powerhouse. And to do this we need to build upon our successes to date which include gaining the country’s largest Growth Deal from the government, and uniquely, £420m to establish a £1bn fund for the kinds of infrastructure projects that will underpin economic growth.

“Conversations about how we take devolution forward have already begun with Mr Osborne and the new Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government Greg Clarke, with whom we already have a positive working relationship.

“We are keen to renew negotiations with government on the available powers, freedoms and funding through the devolution process. Our expectation is that these should be game-changing in terms of meeting our long-term ambition of making this region a net contributor to the UK economy and it is on that basis that we have started the debate about mayoral governance.”



27 May 2015

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