About West Yorkshire Combined Authority

What we do

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 and a modern, accessible transport network.

We have four main areas of focus:

  • A strong economy – helping businesses to become more productive and create more, better quality jobs for local people  
  • Inclusive growth – ensuring everyone in our region can benefit from this strong economy
  • 21st Century transport – creating modern, efficient transport infrastructure that supports communities, the environment and our economy
  • Devolution – securing funding and powers to help us do even more

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.

To find out more about our priorities for 2018/19, take a look at our Corporate Plan.

Our region

The majority of our work covers the 10 districts of Barnsley, Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield and York – an area known collectively as Leeds City Region.

Our governance

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.