On 11 March 2020 West Yorkshire leaders and Government signed a devolution deal for West Yorkshire.
The deal sets out the new powers, funding and responsibilities which will be transferred from central Government to West Yorkshire. It enables the five councils and the Mayoral Combined Authority to take more decisions on the issues that affect local communities including transport, adult education, skills and jobs, infrastructure, housing and regeneration, and the region’s economic recovery.
The proposals within the deal were used to inform an eight-week public consultation carried out by the West Yorkshire councils and the Combined Authority over the summer 2020 — the largest ever public consultation on English regional devolution with over 4,400 responses. Most of the people who participated were supportive of the proposals.
The devolution deal is crucial for us to fully realise our vision for West Yorkshire and meet our regional challenges. Without a deal we would have less influence with government, less money, and less power to make decisions that affect our region.