16/01/2020 - Announcement on devolution - follow-up from Cllr Sir Steve Houghton CBE, Leader of Barnsley Council

Cllr Sir Steve Houghton CBE, Leader of Barnsley Council, said: "At the Yorkshire Leaders meeting on Friday 10 January 2020 leaders were unanimous in reiterating their desire to secure a Yorkshire Devolution deal.

"However Leaders also recognised that a stepped approach may be required to achieve this through the establishment of a Yorkshire Committee (as proposed by the Prime Minister) to provide strategic co-ordination across the region, supported by a number of interim funding arrangements at the sub regional level.

"The achievement of such a framework would be a major step towards achieving a full Yorkshire wide devolution deal.

"Following that meeting discussions have taken place between South Yorkshire and the Government and agreement has been reached that the Government will continue work with Yorkshire councils to establish a Yorkshire Committee on the basis that the South Yorkshire devolution deal is brought to a positive conclusion, with Barnsley and Doncaster having the opportunity to join any full Yorkshire devolution at a future date.

"This is in line with the Yorkshire Leaders discussions and represents a significant step forward for the region.

"Following discussions with other South Yorkshire Leaders, South Yorkshire councils will now consult on the proposed South Yorkshire deal. This deal is exactly the same financial deal as originally proposed, however, this will now be shared between the four South Yorkshire councils instead of the nine that were originally envisaged.

"This deal will also continue to work with other Yorkshire councils to secure their own interim funding arrangements, on the successful development of the Yorkshire Committee, and to move the region forward towards a full devolution deal."

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