Euan West, office senior partner at KPMG in Leeds, welcomes the announcement of a devolution deal for West Yorkshire in the Budget.
“Confirmation of the Leeds City Region devolution deal is the Budget’s main event for businesses in this part of the world.
“The regional empowerment this represents is to be welcomed with open arms after much flag waving. It is a step-change in the way West Yorkshire will organise itself as a place where businesses and people can fulfil their ambitions.
“It has been easy to lose sight of what devolution will bring to us as businesses and citizens in the region, but if we think about transport; skills; clean growth and investment, then devolution offers the opportunity of a strategy for West Yorkshire that business leaders can buy into and from which communities can benefit.
“The leadership and visibility offered by a mayor for this City Region, who can act as an ambassador and advocate on a national and global stage, doesn’t come a moment too soon and we look forward to working with them, as well as the Combined Authority, as they establish and realise an ambitious agenda for the region, which is home to many of our colleagues and clients.”
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