This overview provides details of the consultation on the form and function of the proposed devolution arrangement for the people of York and North Yorkshire, announced on 1 August 2022. There is also a video summary to help your understanding available at the bottom of this page.
Under the proposed deal, the region will gain local control of funding to spend on the things that matter to the people of York and North Yorkshire. This will include £540 million of new Government investment to spend on local priorities to produce growth, together with a range of devolved powers.
The proposed deal means that people who know and understand our area will take decisions across key areas, such as the economy, housing and regeneration, skills and transport, in and for York and North Yorkshire. This will bring greater benefits for our city, rural and coastal communities, improvements to people’s quality of life and help to drive green economic growth for a carbon negative future.
This devolution deal is dependent upon establishing a Combined Authority for the area with an elected Mayor.
What is devolution?
Devolution is the transfer of money and functions from Whitehall and central Government to sub- regions, to enable decisions that are a priority locally to be made locally. A Mayoral Combined Authority which will be led by a Mayor, who is elected to serve local people, can make these decisions. In addition, there are a small number of transport functions currently held by York and North Yorkshire councils that will move to the Mayoral Combined Authority (MCA).
Where the Mayor or the MCA is given a function or power, this is called “conferring”. You will see this word appear several times in this document.
The Local Government Association gives the following definition of what a Combined Authority is:
“A combined authority (CA) is a legal body set up using national legislation that enables a group of two or more councils to collaborate and take / collective decisions across council boundaries. It is far more robust than an informal partnership or even a joint committee. The creation of a CA means that member councils can be more ambitious in their joint working and can take advantage of powers and resources devolved to them from national government. While established by Parliament, CAs are locally owned and have to be initiated and supported by the councils involved.”