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.

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, from the Leeds City Region Leaders Board to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority working with the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership.

Evidence of that partnership’s success is all around us, but our ambition is to go much further. Our communities continue to suffer the consequences of historic underinvestment and the failure of national programmes and projects to address local needs. We face emerging challenges too including the need to improve air quality and tackle the climate emergency.

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

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.

The deal

The agreement, the biggest ever of its kind, includes a Government commitment to support the development of a West Yorkshire Mass Transit System and investment from the Transforming Cities Fund which, with the other resources available through the deal, will enable the delivery of the full pipeline of West Yorkshire transport projects submitted in the region’s bid.

The deal also includes a new West Yorkshire Investment Fund, money to develop plans for future housing sites and a new heritage fund which will support the creation of a new British Library North.

Our devolution deal brings:

  • £38m for 30 years into West Yorkshire Investment Fund with a 25%/75% capital/revenue split
  • Government commitment to work with West Yorkshire to develop modern mass transit system through access to a new five-year integrated transport settlement
  • £317m from the Transforming Cities Fund to dramatically improve access to public transport, cycling and walking
  • Access to bus franchising powers
  • Control of the £63m annual Adult Education Budget for West Yorkshire to closer align spending on skills to the opportunities and needs in the local economy
  • A £25m fund to support the development of a British Library North in Leeds
  • £500,000 of Government funding to support master-planning in Bradford City Centre to maximise regeneration opportunities from Northern Powerhouse Rail
  • Funding for the next stage of development of the Outline Business Case for Leeds station redevelopment.
  • The creation of a West Yorkshire Mayor to be elected in May 2021
  • A commitment to work towards policing and crime powers to be transferred to the Mayor in 2024. The planned Police and Crime Commissioner election in May will go ahead.
  • Government commitment to engage with the Combined Authority on priorities emerging from the Future Ready Skills Commission
  • Access to the Government’s new Brownfield Regeneration Fund to support housing growth and £3.2m to support the development of a pipeline of housing sites across West Yorkshire.
  • £200,000 funding to support the work of the Yorkshire Leaders Board

A new chapter

This agreement is the beginning. Alongside significant immediate benefits it also positions West Yorkshire to benefit from new Mayoral funding streams and continue our discussions with Government over further powers and funding to achieve our ambitions.

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