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
  • The transfer of policing and crime powers from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner 
  • 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

West Yorkshire Devolution consultation

Between 25 May and 19 July 2020, we are asking for your feedback on the devolution deal. Tell us what you think. The survey is likely to take around 20 minutes to fill out and will need to be completed in a single session. You will be able to print out a copy of your responses if required. You can download a pdf of the survey or ask any questions not covered by the FAQ.

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.

Related information

  1. West Yorkshire Authorities Governance Review

    The purpose of this governance review, undertaken in accordance with Section 111 of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 (the 2009 Act) is to look at the exercise of statutory functions in West Yorkshire with a view to deciding whether to prepare and publish a scheme with new functions and changed constitutional arrangements, including a directly elected mayor.

    Read more about West Yorkshire Authorities Governance Review
  2. Scheme setting out proposals for changes to the governance and functions of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority

    This Scheme sets out proposals to change the governance arrangements of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (the Combined Authority), by adopting a mayoral model (with the Mayor exercising the functions currently exercised by the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire) and making related changes to constitutional arrangements. It also sets out proposals for the Combined Authority to be delegated additional functions.

    Read more about Scheme setting out proposals for changes to the governance and functions of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority
  3. Adult Education Budget

    As part of the landmark West Yorkshire Devolution Deal, we are taking over responsibility for the region’s £63 million annual Adult Education Budget from August 2021.

    Read more about Adult Education Budget
  4. The success story so far...

    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. Evidence of that partnership’s success is all around us.

    Read more about The success story so far...

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