Published: 13th Feb 2019

The government has rejected plans for a single devolution deal for the whole of Yorkshire, after claiming the proposals do not meet the necessary criteria. In a letter to the Sheffield city region mayor Dan Jarvis, the communities secretary James Brokenshire said the One Yorkshire proposal would involve ‘significant departures from the type of devolution deal’ agreed in the past. ‘The mayoralty would cover the whole of Yorkshire – with a population of 5.5 million people and widely varying rural and urban areas with competing needs,’ the letter adds. ‘Accordingly, the government considers that the One Yorkshire devolution proposals do not meet our criteria for devolution.’ The One Yorkshire devolution deal was backed by 18 of the 20 local authorities in the region, along with Mr Jarvis. The deal called for the creation of a Mayor of Yorkshire in 2020, along with Whitehall handing over various powers and more money … (To read the full article, subscribe below)