The Combined Authority

The devolution deal builds on more than 15 years of successful partnership working between West Yorkshire councils and the wider Leeds City Region

The devolution deal builds on more than 15 years of successful partnership working between West Yorkshire councils and the wider Leeds City Region. 

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority works in partnership with local councils and businesses to ensure that everyone in our region benefits from a strong, successful economy and a modern, accessible transport network.  

By championing the region’s interests nationally and internationally, we secure government and other investment to drive the region forward. We are currently investing around £2 billion to deliver better transport and housing, regenerate our towns and cities and protect our environment. We also help businesses to grow and create skilled jobs, and provide support, funding, and information to help people travel around the region easily on good quality public transport and cycleways, and supporting the region’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Through the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, partner authorities already work together to make decisions at a regional level, but now the public will be able to directly elect a mayor to ensure accountability for the additional powers and funding made available through the West Yorkshire devolution deal. 

You can find out more about our corporate plan and see how we spend our budget here. 

We are already seeing the benefits from devolution, including:  

Related information

  1. The success story so far...

    West Yorkshire is strongest when it works together to deliver for all its communities. Our partnership has grown and strengthened over more than a decade. Evidence of that partnership’s success is all around us.

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  2. A Mayoral Combined Authority

    On 9 May Tracy Brabin was elected the first Mayor of West Yorkshire. With specific powers on transport, housing, regeneration, finance and policing, the Mayor will work with the Mayoral Combined Authority, council leaders, business representatives and partners for the benefit of the region.

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    West Yorkshire Combined Authority invests over £1million into the future of a skilled workforce for the construction industry

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    • 11 October 2021

    Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire visited Leeds College of Building on Friday (8.10.21), to celebrate the college receiving over £1million of grant funding from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Adult Education Budget (AEB), allocated to give adults the skills needed by West Yorkshire’s construction industry. The Mayor also took a tour of the new South Bank campuses, one of which was part funded by the Combined Authority.

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  2. Quarry Hill Tracy Brabin visiting students

    Mayor of West Yorkshire endorses £17million fund to support over 7000 adult learners across West Yorkshire

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    • 21 September 2021

    Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire met with students and teaching staff at Leeds City College Quarry Hill Campus this week, to mark a £17million Grant funding allocation between West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Luminate Education Group.

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  3. Landmark West Yorkshire Devolution Deal Becomes Law

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    • 29 January 2021

    The landmark £1.8 billion West Yorkshire devolution deal became law today, after the devolution order was approved by the House of Commons and the House of Lords, and signed into law by Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government, Luke Hall MP.

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