Give Yorkshire billions to solve housing woes - report

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Hundreds of millions of pounds and major powers to tackle some of Yorkshire’s most deep-rooted problems should be handed over to the region, according to an influential report.

It says the ‘combined authorities’ formed in West and South Yorkshire earlier this year should be given total control over where Government housing money is spent in their areas - a move that would put £2.5 billion of spending in local hands.

The report from the IPPR think tank also says Yorkshire’s combined authorities should be equal partners with the Government when it comes to running the Work Programme - the Coalition’s flagship £5 billion welfare-to-work scheme.

 

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