About Us

West Yorkshire Combined Authority brings together local councils and businesses to build a strong, successful economy where everyone can build great businesses, careers and lives.

The Mayor of West Yorkshire

In May 2021, Tracy Brabin was elected Mayor of West Yorkshire, representing the interests of 2.3 million people across the region. The Mayor has responsibility for transport, housing and planning, and finance powers, as well as the functions of the Police and Crime Commissioner, supported by an appointed Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Alison Lowe OBE.

As the Chair of the Combined Authority and Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the Mayor works with partners across the region and beyond to deliver regeneration and economic development, and co-ordinate the long-term programmes that will transform West Yorkshire. The Mayor also brings the region greater influence within Government at national level, including on economic recovery, the power to shape Government policy and access further funding.

Read Tracy Brabin's Mayoral pledges for West Yorkshire.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

With the Mayor of West Yorkshire as its directly-elected chair, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority brings together the local authorities of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield, working in partnership with the LEP and the City of York.

This way of working combines the insights and benefits of private sector knowledge and expertise through the LEP with robust, transparent, public sector governance, accountability and oversight from the Combined Authority. This is important as the region takes on further devolved powers and funding from central Government.

Together, we are working hard to make our region be recognised globally as a place with a strong, successful economy where everyone can build great businesses, careers and lives supported by a sustainable environment and world-class infrastructure. It means we can put the long term needs of our communities and the people who live and work in West Yorkshire at the heart of everything we do, ensuing we can support inclusive growth and supporting the needs of our
region's employers.

We also play a central role in travel across West Yorkshire, operating the Metro network of almost 14,000 bus stops, travel centres and public transport information across the region, and working closely with West Yorkshire bus operators to improve services and the bus network. Metro supports free and subsidised travel, concessionary fares, transport to and from school for more than 40,000 West Yorkshire pupils, and manages the MCard travel card.

Devolution

In March 2020, our region's leaders signed the landmark West Yorkshire devolution deal with government: the largest ever of its kind. Find out about the agreement and how it will enable us to unleash our region’s full potential.

Policing and Crime

The election of the Mayor has changed the way police and crime matters are overseen in West Yorkshire, with the Mayor taking on the functions of what was the Police and Crime Commissioner. The Mayor of West Yorkshire does not run the police, but is the voice of the people and holds the Chief Constable to account, helping to make the police answerable to the communities they serve and to provide stronger
and more transparent accountability.

The Mayor will ensure community needs are met as effectively as possible and foster Local relationships through building confidence. The Mayor and the police work in partnership across a range of agencies at Local and national Level to ensure there is a unified approach to preventing and reducing crime.

Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime

Alison Lowe has been appointed Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC), working with the Mayor to oversee policing in the region, on behalf of the public. Alison has worked in the voluntary sector for 30 years, combining this with an interest in Local politics and community involvement. She represented Armley on Leeds City Council from 1990 to 2019, as well as serving as Chair of the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel for five years. Most recently she was Chief Executive at Touchstone, a mental health and wellbeing charity based in West and South Yorkshire.

Key functions of the DMPC include commissioning services to support those harmed by crime and reduce reoffending, consulting the public to ensure that their views and priorities are taken into account, and strengthening links such as inclusive growth and community safety and cohesion. The DMPC role is a senior appointment with substantial delegated
authority from the Mayor covering policing and crime. Under the Policing Protocol Order 2011 there are a number of policing and crime duties that cannot be delegated and the Mayor will retain responsibility for them. These are:
• Setting the policing budget and precept
• Production of a Police and Crime Plan for West Yorkshire
• The appointment and dismissal of a Chief Constable.

How are we governed?

Our work is led by Combined Authority members and the LEP Board. 

The Combined Authority’s membership is made up of democratically elected councillors from our West Yorkshire partner councils of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield, plus York and the Chair of the LEP. 

The LEP Board brings together business and council leaders to ensure that we deliver services and investment across the full City Region and supports businesses to grow.   

To ensure transparency, all our decisions are approved at public meetings of the Combined Authority that you can attend or watch online via our webcasting service. You can also take a look at the reports and minutes from all our meetings. 

In this section

  1. West Yorkshire area

    As the biggest contributor to the UK economy in the Northern Powerhouse, with a proud cultural and sporting heritage, our region is a modern and inspiring place to live, work and settle down.

    Read more about West Yorkshire area
  2. Corporate Plan 21 - 22

    Welcome to our Corporate Plan for 21 - 22, setting out our achievements from 20 - 21 and details our plans to continue the transformation of our economy over the next 12 months.

    Read more about Corporate Plan 21 - 22
  3. Devolution

    Through partnership we are determined to unleash our region’s full potential and in doing so raise living standards for our communities while making a full contribution to the UK economy. We are now taking the next step to deepen our partnership through this devolution deal which will unlock significant long-term funding and, critically, give our region greater freedom to decide how best to meet local needs and create new opportunity.

    Read more about Devolution
  4. Pay Gap

    Information about West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s gender pay gap and ethnicity pay gap, and the measures we are taking to deliver on our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

    Read more about Pay Gap
  5. Governance and transparency

    West Yorkshire Combined Authority is committed to upholding the highest standards of governance and conducting its activities with the principles of openness and transparency.

    Read more about Governance and transparency
  6. Get involved

    We are committed to making our democratic processes as open and transparent as possible and making it easier for people living across the Leeds City Region to see how decisions that affect them are made and have their say.

    Read more about Get involved