Governance information for the Combined Authority

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Constitution of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Our constitution provides the framework within which we conduct our business.  It describes how the Combined Authority operates, how decisions are made, who is responsible for making decisions and the procedures that are followed to ensure we are transparent, accountable and efficient.

The Constitution will be reviewed annually, and minor changes may be made during the year to ensure documents remain fit for purpose.

To help you find your way around the Constitution, we have separated it into sections. We will continue to work on making the Constitution and the information it contains more user friendly and accessible.

Constitution - Part 1

Introduction

Constitution - Part 2 (Articles)

Article 1 - The Constitution

Article 2 - The Combined Authority

Article 3 - Membership of the Combined Authority

Article 4 - The Mayor

Article 5 - Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Functions

Article 6 - Citizens and the Combined Authority

Article 7 - Ordinary (Non-Statutory) Committees

Article 8 - Overview and Scrutiny

Article 9 - Audit and Ethical Arrangements

Article 10 - The LEP

Article 11 - Joint Arrangements and Partnership Working

Article 12 - Officers

Article 13 - Decision Making

Article 14 - Finance, Contracts and Legal Matters

Constitution - Part 3 (Responsibility for Functions)

Section 1 - Introduction

Section 2.1 - Non-Mayoral Functions - Overview

Section 2.2 - Non-Mayoral Functions reserved to the Combined Authority

Section 2.3 - Terms of Reference - Business, Economy and Innovation Committee

Section 2.3 - Terms of Reference - Business Investment Panel

Section 2.3 - Terms of Reference - Climate, Energy and Environment Committee

Section 2.3 - Terms of Reference - Corporate Scrutiny Committee

Section 2.3 - Terms of Reference - Culture, Arts and Creative Industries Committee

Section 2.3 - Terms of Reference - Economy Scrutiny Committee

Section 2.3 - Terms of Reference - Employment and Skills Committee

Section 2.3 - Terms of Reference - Finance, Resources and Corporate Committee

Section 2.3 - Terms of Reference - Governance and Audit Committee

Section 2.3 - Terms of Reference - Independent Audit Committee

Section 2.3 - Terms of Reference - Leeds City Region Partnership Committee

Section 2.3 - Terms of Reference - Place, Regeneration and Housing Committee

Section 2.3 - Terms of Reference - Transport Committee

Section 2.3 - Terms of Reference - Transport Scrutiny Committee

Section 3.1 Responsibility for Mayoral Functions - Overview

Section 3.1.1. - Mayoral General Functions conferred by the 2021 Order

Section 3.2 - The Mayor's Police and Crime Commissioner Functions

Section 4 - WYCA Officer Delegation Scheme:  Non-Mayoral and Mayoral General Functions

Section 5 - Protocol for the Exercise of Concurrent Functions and Associated Statutory Consents

Constitution - Part 4 (Procedure Rules)

Part 4.1 Procedure Standing Orders 

Part 4.2 Access to Information Rules

Part 4.3 Code of Practice for Recording Meetings

Part 4.4 Mayoral Procedure Rules

Part 4.5 Budget and Policy Rules

Part 4.6 Scrutiny Standing Orders

Part 4.7 Contracts Standing Orders

Part 4.8 Financial Regulations

Part 4.9 Recruitment and Appointment Procedure for Private Sector Representatives

Constitution - Part 5 (Ethical Standards)

Part 5.1 Members' Code of Conduct

Part 5.2 Procedure for considering complaints alleging a failure to comply with Members' Code of Conduct

Part 5.3 Code of Conduct Policy for Officers

Part 5.4 Code of Conduct Policy - Policing and Crime Team

Part 5.5 Conflicts of Interest Policy

Part 5.6 Conflicts of Interest Protocol : Loans and grants to businesses

Part 5.7 AEB Conflicts of Interest Policy

Part 5.8 Member and Officer Protocols

Constitution - Part 6 (Allowances)

Part 6.1 Member's Allowances Scheme

Corporate Governance Code and Framework

The Combined Authority has adopted Corporate Governance Code and Framework which is consistent with the principles of the best practice guidance issued jointly by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE) and is based on six core principles.

Complaints Procedure

The Combined Authority is committed to providing high-quality services for all members of the public, businesses and organisations. The Combined Authority is the accountable body for the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Monitoring Officer

The Monitoring Officer of the Combined Authority is the Head of Legal and Governance Services, Caroline Allen, who can be reached on email or in writing at: 

West Yorkshire Combined Authority
Wellington House
40-50 Wellington Street
Leeds
LS1 2DE