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Council for the North established

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A Council for the North has been formed to prepare the region for Britain’s departure from the European Union. 

The announcement follows calls from the Institution of Civil Engineers to establish such a council to establish the Northern Powerhouse, and builds on proposals by think-tank IPPR North.

The leaders of 11 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) will form the council. This falls short of the ICE suggestion to include metro mayors and the leaders of local authorities. 

Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry said: “As we approach leaving the European Union we need to ensure that every area of the UK continues to economically flourish.

“The Northern Powerhouse will be a vital support to the UK in achieving this and so I am very pleased the 11 LEP Chairs have agreed to form the new NP11 board.

“For the first time since 1472, we will bring together the business voices of the Northern Powerhouse in our Council for the North. They have one task: to enrich all the peoples of the North of England – this is the foundation stone of the Northern Powerhouse and, with the skills and expertise of the NP11, we will shift the North’s economy into overdrive.

“Together we will deliver a North of England which is an economic powerhouse and one which can proudly take its place on the world stage both now and as we leave the EU.”

The board will report to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government four times a year. 

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