21
October
2014
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00:00
Europe/London

Statement on recommendation for West Yorkshire Combined Authority to be considered for ‘Devolved City Status’




The Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Keith Wakefield has made the following statement responding to a recommendation by the City Growth Commission today that the West Yorkshire Combined Authority should be considered to be given unprecedented levels of devolved powers and responsibilities.



Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Keith Wakefield said:



“We very much welcome the historic recommendations of the City Growth Commission report and especially the findings of independent experts that we are ready to be trusted with unprecedented levels of decision-making, fiscal powers and responsibility.



“We have said all along that we need to be able to shape our own destiny rather than continue to be dictated to and held back by Whitehall, and these recommendations would enable us to make the major improvements we need. These powers would give us the ability to strengthen our communities and make real and long-term improvements to people’s prospects and their lives. The Leeds City Region would become a net contributor to the UK economy within five years.



“The debate over whether or not devolution should happen is over. Let's get on and make it a reality and show that the confidence placed in us is more than justified to usher in a bright new future for the people of Leeds and the wider region.”



To see the full report by the City Growth Commission, go to http://www.thersa.org/unleashing-metro-growth



ENDS



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Roger Boyde,

Leeds City Council press office,

Email: roger.boyde@leeds.gov.uk