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Directors to debate plans for devolution in North Yorkshire

The Institute of Directors (IoD) is staging a debate to examine proposals for devolution in North Yorkshire.

The online event, on September 9, will see key players from North Yorkshire County Council, Harrogate Borough Council and Selby District Council put forward their plans.

The UK Government is preparing a new round of devolution deals this Autumn, which could lead to the biggest shake-up in North Yorkshire local government for decades.

Devolved powers would mean more local decision making powers over economic investment, but there are alternative views as to how local government should be structured to deliver this.

The existing setup sees North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) run services including social care, transport and education, with seven district councils running planning, waste collection and other services.

NYCC is proposing a single unitary authority for North Yorkshire, whereas the district councils have a different approach in mind.

David Bowe, corporate director of Business and Environmental Services for North Yorkshire County Council will put forward the NYCC proposal. Wallace Sampson, Chief Executive of Harrogate Borough Council and Janet Waggott, Chief Executive of Selby District Council, will put forward the alternative perspective. This will be followed by a discussion and Q&A.

Ian Garner, deputy chair of IoD North Yorkshire, said: “This is a great opportunity to hear the proposals being made on our behalf and contribute to the thinking. With major changes planned for the way that local services are delivered, this is also your chance to question those at the heart of the debate.”

The event will be held on Zoom on September 9, at 2.30pm and is free to attend for IoD members and non-members. To book, visit https://www.iod.com/events-community/events/event-details/eventdateid/26589

The IoD is the UK’s number one organisation for directors, providing connections, professional development and a lobbying voice for all types of business. The Institute helped to secure vital support for directors during the Covid-19 pandemic, including financial assistance for wage bills and changes to insolvency rules.

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