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.

We want our region to be recognised globally as a strong, successful economy where everyone can build great businesses, careers and lives.

We bring together local councils and businesses to achieve this vision, so that everyone in our region can benefit from economic prosperity supported by a modern, accessible transport network, housing and digital connections.

The majority of our work covers the West Yorkshire local authority areas of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield, plus the City of York. We manage a number of programmes that are delivered over a wider geography known as the Leeds City Region, including our Leeds City Region Growth Deal-funded projects and business support delivered through the LEP.

How do we achieve this?

We are currently investing around £2 billion, working with our partner councils to deliver better transport and housing, regenerate our towns and cities and protect our environment, making sure that what we do meet the needs of communities and help deliver local priorities. 

We champion our region’s interests nationally and internationally to secure investment from government and other sources to drive our economy forward. We take a long-term, strategic view on the things that will have the biggest impact on inclusive growth and productivity, improving the quality of life in the City Region.  

We also help businesses to grow and create skilled jobs, and provide support, funding and information to help people travel around the region easily and affordably on good quality public transport and cycleways. 

We work closely with the private sector through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to ensure that our work meets the needs of employers in the region. We also operate the Metro network of bus stations, travel centres and public transport information in West Yorkshire.

You can find out more about our activities and priorities for 2019/20 in our Corporate Plan.

Devolution

Find out about the agreement - announced in the 2020 budget and the biggest of its kind - and how it will enable us to unleash our region’s full potential

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. 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
  3. Corporate Plan 2019/20

    Welcome to our Corporate Plan for 2019/2020, setting out our achievements from 2018/2019 and details our plans to continue the transformation of our economy over the next 12 months.

    Read more about Corporate Plan 2019/20
  4. Gender pay gap

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

    Read more about Gender pay gap
  5. Democracy and governance

    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 Democracy and governance
  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