Revised Greater Yorkshire devolution plan rebuffed

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WEST YORKSHIRE council leaders have rejected a renewed attempt to make the case for a ‘Greater Yorkshire’ devolution deal, The Yorkshire Post has learnt.

The revised plan, drawn up by East Riding Council leader Stephen Parnaby, was submitted to the Treasury last night and is expected to be discussed at a meeting of Yorkshire MPs today.

But the idea of a single devolution deal covering West, North and East Yorkshire has again been rebuffed in a letter sent by the five West Yorkshire leaders and Roger Marsh, chairman of the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership.

The letter says the revised Greater Yorkshire proposal “does not show any economic impact” beyond that which their own Leeds City Region plan would generate.

The Leeds City Region plan would see a devolution agreement covering West Yorkshire and neighbours Harrogate, Selby, Craven and York.

The exchange is the latest round in the ongoing wrangle over how the region should respond to Chancellor George Osborne’s offer to hand over key powers and funding to areas which agree to have an elected mayor.

It remains to be seen whether Ministers will try and engineer a compromise although West Yorkshire sources have suggested they are prepared to walk away if there is any attempt to force through the Greater Yorkshire plan.

South Yorkshire has already reached a devolution agreement with Mr Osborne.