In March 2020, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, comprising the region’s council leaders, secured a £1.8 billion (for the 5 metrolitan districts, Bradford, Calderdale, Kiklees, Leeds and Wakefield) devolution deal for West Yorkshire, which will see more decisions about the region taken in West Yorkshire instead of London, and more investment for the things that matter to local people.
Here’s the actual breakdown of the £1.8 bn funding:
- £38 million per year for 30 years into the West Yorkshire Investment Fund with significant freedoms to spend on local priorities
- a Government commitment to work with West Yorkshire to develop a modern mass transit system through access to a new five-year integrated transport settlement – a share of a £4.2 billion fund for mayoral combined authorities
- £317 million to invest in public transport, cycling and walking through the Transforming Cities Fund with local flexibility on delivery
- a £25 million fund to support the development of a British Library North in Leeds
- a Government commitment to deliver flooding schemes worth £101 million
- control of the £63 million annual Adult Education Budget for West Yorkshire
- £3.2 million to support the development of a pipeline of housing sites across West Yorkshire
- £200,000 Government funding for collaboration at a Yorkshire-level through the Yorkshire Leaders Board.
This deal means that decisions in key areas, such as transport, skills, tackling the climate emergency (omitted from the supplied extract, however, given clear prominence in Leed City Council’s devolution plan at https://www.leeds.gov.uk/your-council/consultations-and-feedback/west-yorkshire-devolution), housing and regeneration will be taken in West Yorkshire by people who know and understand the region, bringing huge benefits for rural and urban communities and for people’s quality of life.
The deal will also provide more essential funding and powers to help our region recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why council leaders and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority are keen to see progress continue at pace, so that all of the necessary work is done ready for a mayoral election to take place in May 2021.
A public consultation is being held from 25 May to 19 July on the devolution deal and proposals for a directly elected mayor. The public are strongly encouraged to take part, so that as many people across West Yorkshire as possible have the opportunity to share their views.
You can take part in the following ways:
- Through the online survey at yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/WYdevolution
- By email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- By calling the freephone telephone number 0800 141 3657
- By post using the freepost address: Freepost WY Devolution Consultation(no stamp needed)
For further information about devolution in West Yorkshire, please visit www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/devolution