[posted on behalf of North Yorkshire County Council]
North Yorkshire County Council invites you to come and help shape their proposals for local Government reform and to learn more about how devolution could benefit your sector.
Please join their free online seminar for voluntary and community organisations as well as social enterprises to let them know your thoughts and to get involved.
Wednesday 9 September 2020, 10am at www.northyorks.gov.uk/vcs
As you may have seen in media reports, the Government has asked the County and District Councils in North Yorkshire to submit proposals to change the two-tier system and form one or more larger councils so that we are eligible to benefit from the money and local powers linked to devolution.
The Leader of North Yorkshire County Council has instructed officers to develop a proposal for a new, strong, single council for North Yorkshire that will:
• Simplify – remove confusion over which council does what; reduce complex partnership arrangements; streamline services by joining them up effectively; provide a single contact point for people and communities.
• Strengthen – the say that communities have over decisions; strengthen the county’s voice at national level; strengthen and protect high quality services.
• Save – estimated savings in excess of £25 million every year in North Yorkshire by reducing duplication, senior management and back office costs and by having one single council instead of eight – to be reinvested in communities and stronger local services that people can count on.
As they develop their proposal they would like to invite voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises to a 90-minute online seminar on Wednesday 9 September 2020, starting at 10am, to hear more about this and to offer their thoughts. This will include a presentation on their thinking and a question and answer session. You will be able join the seminar at www.northyorks.gov.uk/vcs
[please note that any political opinions expressed in this news item are not those of Community First Yorkshire]