Community First Yorkshire has been working in collaboration with the York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), all of our region’s local authorities and partner organisations region wide to develop a plan to reshape the region’s economy in order to address the challenges and opportunities arising from the pandemic. Our shared vision is that the region will emerge greener, fairer and stronger as a direct result of the economic reshaping plan.
The plan for reshaping the economy lines up with the current government agenda, to protect jobs and develop opportunity for higher skills, yet will tailor this agenda to the local needs of North Yorkshire, whilst strengthening our collective ambition for York and North Yorkshire to become a carbon negative economy.
The plan follows on from the immediate Covid response and aims to address the economic challenges businesses
are continuing to face as well as focusing on stimulating growth over the next 18 to 24 months, accelerating a transition towards a carbon negative economy.
Caroline O’Neill, Head of Partnerships and policy for Community First Yorkshire, said
‘The York and North Yorkshire LEP Reshaping Our Economy Plan continues to focus on the ambitions for a greener, fairer and stronger York and North Yorkshire. The priorities set out the ways in which the collective approach, seen throughout this Covid-19 period, can benefit the lives and fortunes of the people, communities and business.
It is a significant part of the overall recovery jigsaw, working alongside the NHS Confederation – Reset programme, the recently issued report Levelling up our Communities by Danny Kruger MP, proposals for a new social covenant and the Local Resilience Forum York and North Yorkshire. There is an opportunity to align the plans for greater impact and in particular working together to make the most of our local communities, towards a greener, fairer and stronger York and North Yorkshire.’
The LEP is hosting a ten day collaborative campaign that will highlight the 10 pledges of the plan to reshape our economy. The campaign will highlight regional voices of leadership and give local examples of work already in action to reshape our economy to be greener, fairer and stronger.
You can also read Caroline O’Neill’s think piece to find out what it means for the voluntary and community sector here.