Please sign our open letter, calling on George Osborne to think again on his devolution plans.
We don't want a quick deal for Yorkshire - we want the right deal for Yorkshire.
Dear Chancellor of the Exchequer,
We welcome the recent comments of our fellow business and education leaders regarding devolution to certain parts of Yorkshire. We recognise the desire to achieve progress on the matter of Yorkshire devolution. However, we would note the following:
Yorkshire is still divided by the deeply destabilising 1974 local government disruptions which have bred resentment and stymied regional growth for a generation. To base the region's future on these accepted mistakes for the sake of speed would be folly.
For the first time in a generation the opportunity exists to create a truly Yorkshire-wide devolution solution to foster business growth which would also be supported by the general population.
As the saying goes, 'if more can be achieved, then so much the better'. We have the opportunity now to repair the mistakes of the past and build a better Yorkshire.
We call not merely for economic growth, but for economic, cultural, political and community growth. We see a 'joined up' solution that brings together businesses, councils, education, health, police forces and others. We call for a devolved assembly for the whole of Yorkshire to represent all that Yorkshire is and could be.
Devolution and making decisions locally is about so much more than just the economy and business - it is about giving us the tools we need to build a better future for our children.