Selby District Council, along with 17 other local authorities in Yorkshire and the Major of the Sheffield City Region, is pursuing a devolution agreement with the Government, known as 'One Yorkshire'.

One Yorkshire is about transferring more powers from Whitehall to Yorkshire, giving local people much greater say over the issues that affect them, providing more investment in those areas that will make the biggest difference to the region's economy, businesses and people.

The benefits of One Yorkshire devolution could be huge. According to an independent economic study, the proposals could add up to £30 billion to the region's economy - or £5,400 per person.

The independent study’s findings are included in a new submission to Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary James Brokenshire setting out the compelling case for a One Yorkshire devolution deal with a One Yorkshire Mayor elected in 2020.

The study finds there is “strong evidence” that Yorkshire is a coherent economic area and business supports devolution at a regional level.

The research identifies areas where Yorkshire-level devolution could make a significant impact including transport, exports, inward investment and higher level skills.

Preservation of the Yorkshire brand and identity emerges as a key finding with business considering it an important asset in national and international markets and 75% of people within the region identifying with Yorkshire.

The study highlights how historic approaches to local transport may be hindering commuting between different parts of the region and limits the full potential of the strategic assets in the region such as our international ports.

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