The new council will create simpler and stronger relationships with other organisations that deliver services in the county.
This will help streamline decision-making and improve how we respond to emergencies.
The new council will build on existing countywide partnerships, mirroring the existing areas covered by the Local Resilience Forum, NHS and health organisations, the police, the fire service, the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and key community and voluntary groups in North Yorkshire.
By working across the same area, it will support better joint working, directly benefiting the people and businesses of North Yorkshire.
Building on firm foundations
We already work extremely closely with our partners on nationally recognised projects and responding to emergencies like the current pandemic.
We work with the police on our No Wrong Door project supporting vulnerable young people. We work with the NHS to deliver integrated health and social care services.
We have an extremely strong working relationship with North Yorkshire’s voluntary and community organisations. This meant our Stronger Communities team were able to act quickly to mobilise a countywide network of 23 Community Support Organisations in just 4 working days during the early days of the pandemic. As a result people were supported to help others, tackle social isolation and ensure that their neighbours could access food and essential services.
The new council will be able to continue these working relationships without interruption and our partner organisations will benefit from being able to deal with one single council.
Strengthen our national voice
We already work in close collaboration with City of York Council and a joint commitment is in place for the single new council for North Yorkshire to continue and build on this relationship to give us the best approach to delivering a devolution deal for York and North Yorkshire.
This relationship will maximise the strength of both councils by working in partnership to become a significant voice for The North.
A York and North Yorkshire strategic partnership will build on the existing collaboration between services such as health and safety, trading standards, audit and fraud management, waste management, coroners, social care, responding to emergencies such as flooding and Covid-19, tackling environment and climate change.
It will also be a partnership that celebrates diversity and the current councils’ different identities and strengths.