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Chancellor announces devolution deal for West Yorkshire

Chancellor announces devolution deal for West Yorkshire

Published by Harry Long at 2:13pm 11th March 2020. (Updated at 3:54pm 11th March 2020)

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a cash boost for flood defences and a devolution deal for West Yorkshire. 

  • Chancellor Rishi Sunak has promised cash for flood defences and a devolution deal for West Yorkshire. 
  • It means the county will have a new directly elected Mayor in May 2021.  
  • He also promised investment in transport, housing and public services in today's Budget.  

The North Yorkshire MP, delivering his first Budget, pledged support for flood-hit communities in North and West Yorkshire. 

He also promised investment in transport, housing and public services.

Today’s announcements for Yorkshire and Humberside include:

  • A devolution deal with West Yorkshire giving the region £38 million a year for 30 years for local priorities. The Government will also devolve powers and budgets across transport, skills and planning to a new directly elected Mayor from May 2021.  
  • £95 million for the British Library site at Boston Spa.
  • £77.1 million investment to deliver homes in York Central.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, said:

“This Budget delivers on our promises to the British people and lays the foundation for a decade of growth across all parts of the UK.

“As part of our levelling up agenda, we will be driving investment in Yorkshire and Humberside – signing a new devolution deal in West Yorkshire which commits to decades of investment for local priorities.”