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Stewart Arnold interview: ‘Debate is no longer yes or no over a devolved Yorkshire, it’s how’

Stewart Arnold interview: Debate is no longer “yes or no” over a devolved Yorkshire, it’s how it will work

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Council leaders in Yorkshire have submitted a document seting out the powers a Yorkshire mayor could have.

Vision for the future: What powers could a ‘One Yorkshire’ mayor have?

For many months, it has been the subject of intense discussion and debate in the region’s town halls as well as the corridors of power in Whitehall and Westminster.

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Richard Flint, chief executive of Yorkshire Water, and Environment Secretary Michael Gove.

It’s a wake-up call: Yorkshire Water boss responds to Gove’s stinging criticism of industry

The chief executive of Yorkshire Water has admitted his industry must “show new standards of public accountability” after a senior Minister warned major utilities firms that they must clean up their act or face tougher regulation.

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IPPR North have published analysis showing the continuing disparity between spending on transport infrastructure in the English regions.

‘Stop arguing over the figures and give the North a fair deal on transport’

Ministers must finally commit to “big, transformative” transport projects in the North instead of disputing claims about the decades of under-funding for infrastructure in the region, a leading think-tank said today.

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Yorkshire transport is to undergo a major overhaul.

The North is watching: Ex-Chancellor's warning to Government as 'revolutionary' 30-year Yorkshire transport vision is unveiled

A radical overhaul of ticketing and high speed rail travel between Leeds and Manchester in half an hour are at the centrepiece of a 30 year vision for transport in the North laid out today.
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Could there finally be an end in sight to the great Yorkshire devolution debate?

Yorkshire devolution: Appointed mayor could end deadlock and save £2m on election

An unelected mayor for South Yorkshire could be appointed for two years in a bid to end the long-running devolution stalemate in the county, it was claimed last night.

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14 December 2017 .......    Political interview with John Cridland, independent chair of TfN, Picture Tony Johnson

John Cridland interview: I refuse to accept that North has to be poor relation

Later this month, the North’s new strategic transport body will unveil its 30-year plan to revitalise the region’s economy. Rob Parsons met the organisation’s independent chairman to find out more about its vision.

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County Hall, in Northallerton, the headquarters of North Yorkshire County Council.

North Yorkshire County Council dips into reserves to make up £3m budget shortfall

The council covering England’s largest county will have to dip into its reserves in the upcoming financial year to make up a £3m budget shortfall.

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BT Openreach engineer Danny Bilton in North Yorkshire, where the contract for phase three of a major contract has been awarded to the firm.

Fourteen thousand more North Yorkshire homes to get superfast broadband after council hands out new contract

Thousands of homes across North Yorkshire are in line for dramatically-improved broadband connections after a new contract was awarded to continue the roll-out of faster internet services across the county.

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A Northern Rail train.

Could Boxing Day rail services return to Yorkshire in 2018?

It’s a time of year when rail services are traditionally very thin on the ground, with most operators offering no services at all over the Christmas season.

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Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has written to Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry about Yorkshire devolution.

Exclusive: Archbishop’s intervention could finally end Yorkshire devolution stalemate

A possible solution to Yorkshire’s long-running devolution stalemate that could see a region-wide mayor elected by May 2020 has emerged after an intervention by the Archbishop of York, The Yorkshire Post can reveal.

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Leaders of county councils say they have little choice but to put up council tax to address funding shortfalls.

Taxpayers in rural Yorkshire hundreds of pounds a year worse off due to council funding ‘lottery’

Funding inequalities mean people living in rural Yorkshire have up to £500 per head less spent on their public services a year than in London, it was claimed last night.

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Pressure is growing on Transport Secretary Chris Grayling over scrapped rail electrification plans.

‘Look at what we’re doing’: Grayling comes out fighting on Northern transport

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has come out fighting over his department’s commitment to the North as he insisted the region’s leaders have all the same powers to improve services as their counterparts in London.

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Should the north of Yorkshire have one council?

Think tank calls for North Yorkshire’s district councils to be abolished or merged

Local councils responsible for services including waste collection and local planning in rural parts of Yorkshire should be abolished or merged with a larger county council to save money, a leading think tank has claimed today.

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The Government today laid down legislation which will see Transport for the North become the first body of its kind.

Pioneering transport powers for the North hailed as ‘game-changer’ by Government

The creation of the first body of its type in the country to drive forward transport plans for the North was announced by the Government today.

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Gavin Williamson, right, has taken over from Sir Michael Fallon, left, as new Defence Secretary.

Scarborough-born Gavin Williamson named as new Defence Secretary

Gavin Williamson has been named as the new Defence Secretary this morning, following the shock resignation of Sir Michael Fallon in the wake of the Westminster sleaze scandal.
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The scene in Sleights after 600 tonnes of gravel was washed into the village. Picture: North Yorkshire County Council

Revealed: How utility firm blunder led to flooding of North Yorkshire village

A utility firm is facing a six-figure bill after its inadequate work in the North York Moors led to eight homes being flooded in a nearby village and motorists being stranded in their vehicles by rainwater.

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Hundreds of modern slavery victims in North Yorkshire alone

Hundreds of modern slavery victims in North Yorkshire alone

A new scheme has been set up to help local businesses and public service workers recognise the signs of modern slavery in rural Yorkshire.

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VIDEO: I was kettled, says Kirby Misperton fracking site tea-lady Jackie, 77

An elderly tea-lady moved by police from her table at the Kirby Misperton fracking site has described the actions of officers as "a bit heavy-handed and unnecessary".

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