THE deal which will see powers and funding to boost jobs and growth transferred from national government to the Leeds City Region – of which Selby is part – has been signed.
A formal ceremony hosted by Minister for Cities Greg Clark in London will see ministers and senior representatives from the Leeds City Region sign the City Deal, which was first announced in July and commit both sides to its delivery.
The deal will see a devolution of powers over decision-making and spending from Whitehall to the Leeds City Region, which is made up of 11 local authorities in Yorkshire working together and with the private sector to boost economic growth and communities.
The formal signing today focussed on six areas of activity: skills and worklessness, transport, investment, trade and inward investment, business-friendly planning and reducing carbon emissions.
Through the City Deal it is hoped that over 25,000 new jobs could be created in the medium term, as well as up to 15,000 new apprenticeship places in the next four years.
Councillor Peter Box, chairman of the Leeds City Region Leaders Board and leader of Wakefield Council, said: “Today signals what we hope is the start of a long-term commitment and recognition that the best way for regions to develop and grow is to give local people in these areas more control and the decision-making ability to make a real difference.
“There is a wealth of talent and resources in the Leeds City Region, and this City Deal gives us the chance to harness that more fully.”
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