What does the Mayor do?

The Mayor has a number of specific powers. Find out what they are and how they fit with partner councils.

The Mayor provides a single voice for West Yorkshire, and has powers and responsibilities in relation to transport, economic development, provision of skills training and housing. 

The Mayor’s remit also includes the functions of the Police and Crime Commissioner and the ability to appoint a Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime. This includes listening to the needs of communities, setting the objectives for the police force, and holding the Chief Constable to account. 

The creation of the Mayor was made possible through a devolution deal, which was agreed by West Yorkshire’s five council leaders and the Government in March 2020 and became law in January 2021. Further devolution arrangements were announced in the Spring 2024 budget. 

The next mayoral term runs from 2024 until 2028. 

Related information

  1. The devolution deal

    The deal sets out the new powers, funding and responsibilities which will be transferred from central Government to West Yorkshire. Read the full details.

    Read more about The devolution deal