A very Happy New Year to YU members, partners and friends, and best wishes for a successful 2020.
I was fortunate enough to be able to take time out over the festive period to pause, recharge the batteries and spend some quality time with the family. During the past two weeks I did, however, keep one eye on the latest stories in relation to the new government’s plans for local and regional development following the Conservative Party’s victory in last month’s General Election. In particular, a couple of news items caught my attention, both of which relate directly to YU’s strategic objective of ensuring that the higher education sector collectively in Yorkshire plays a stronger role in attracting more investment and greater prosperity to the region.
First, there was a story two days after Christmas about government plans to revise the Treasury’s Green Book rules on investment to enable more emphasis to be placed on investment for the purposes of achieving greater ‘well-being’ and not just GVA. Press coverage this week suggests that these changes will feature in the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Budget statement on 11 March.