Latest Public Sector News

06.09.17

DCLG: Further Yorkshire devolution on table, but must follow SCR deal

Further devolution to Yorkshire could be on the table and considered by the government, but only after the delayed Sheffield City Region (SCR) deal has been concluded, PSE has been told.

Earlier this week, a consortium of leaders in the county pledged their colours to pursuing a pan-Yorkshire devolution deal, including two members of the original SCR bid, Barnsley and Doncaster.

When the Yorkshire leaders announced recently that they had formed a ‘Coalition of the Willing’ to pursue a deal for the whole county, the Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry stated: “I want to be very clear about one thing. There will not be a ‘full Yorkshire’ devolution deal. Yorkshire is a fantastic brand. But devolution is about giving control to cities.”

But this week the government’s stance seems to have changed, with a spokesman for the DCLG telling PSE that the government is 100% committed to devolving powers to local areas where there is strong local support for plans to deliver better local services, greater value for money and clear accountability.

“Further devolution in Yorkshire should follow on from the SCR deal and we’ll continue to work with local leaders, the business community and local residents to make this happen,” he added.

“Next year people in SCR will elect a powerful new mayor, with around £1bn of new government investment and a range of new powers. This deal was agreed with Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, and Sheffield in 2015 and they reaffirmed their commitment to it when consenting to parliamentary orders.”

Earlier this year, two lower-tier councils decided to withdraw their applications to become full members of the SCR Combined Authority, which has slowed the region’s devolution process further.

However, this latest stance on Yorkshire devolution could be good news for local leaders, coming in the same week that the LGA called on the government to release its annual devolution report.

Have you got a story to tell? Would you like to become a PSE columnist? If so, click here.   

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

related

public sector executive tv

more videos >

last word

The importance of openness after Grenfell

The importance of openness after Grenfell

Following the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy, Lord Porter, chairman of the LGA, argues that if the public are going to have faith in the safety testing process then everything must be out in the open more > more last word articles >

public sector focus

View all News

comment

Government accountability: A year in crises

15/01/2019Government accountability: A year in crises

From Windrush to Univerisal Credit: the Institute for Government’s (I... more >
Rethinking public-private partnerships

15/01/2019Rethinking public-private partnerships

Trinley Walker, senior policy researcher at the New Local Government Networ... more >

interviews

Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

17/12/2018Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

One of the public sector’s key technology partners has recently welco... more >

the raven's daily blog

Blog: 5 minutes with Dr Tracy Vell MBE, Associate Lead for Primary and Community Care, Greater Manchester, Health and Social Care Partnership.

17/01/2019Blog: 5 minutes with Dr Tracy Vell MBE, Associate Lead for Primary and Community Care, Greater Manchester, Health and Social Care Partnership.

Ahead of next month’s EvoNorth event we caught up with Dr Tracy Vell MBE, Associate Lead for Primary and Community Care, Greater Manchester, Health and Social Care Partner... more >
read more blog posts from 'the raven' >

editor's comment

25/10/2017Take a moment to celebrate

Devolution, restructuring and widespread service reform: from a journalist’s perspective, it’s never been a more exciting time to report on the public sector. That’s why I could not be more thrilled to be taking over the reins at PSE at this key juncture. There could not be a feature that more perfectly encapsulates this feeling of imminent change than the article James Palmer, mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, has penned for us on p28. In it, he highlights... read more >