Read our most frequently asked questions about becoming a Mayoral Combined Authority and the election.

What is a Mayoral Combined Authority?

A Mayoral Combined Authority is led by an elected Combined Authority Mayor. They work in conjunction with leaders from each constituent council across their region. Together they collectively make decisions about policy and spending in areas including economic support, housing, transport, education and skills at regional level. 

What is a Combined Authority Mayor?

A Combined Authority Mayor is the publicly elected leader of a Combined Authority with significant executive powers and funding available to them. They make strategic decisions across the region they represent.  

Combined Authority Mayors work with local councils within the Combined Authority boundaries to deliver initiatives that benefit their region. 

They also chair meetings of the Combined Authority board, which is made up of the leaders of constituent councils who decide how powers and funding unlocked by devolution deals are used. 

What is the difference between a Metro Mayor and Combined Authority Mayor?

A Combined Authority Mayor is sometimes called a Metro Mayor, however both terms refer to an elected leader of a combined authority. 

How will the Mayor of West Yorkshire govern and who will they work with?

The Mayor of West Yorkshire will work with the Mayoral Combined Authority, council leaders, business representatives and partners to prioritise issues that matter to people in the region. Any matter that comes before the Combined Authority will be decided by a simple majority of the members present in voting. The Mayor and the Mayoral Combined Authority will be held to account by an Overview and Scrutiny Committee. 

How long is the Mayor in office for?

The first Mayor of West Yorkshire will serve a 3-year term that will bring our mayor in line with all the others nationally who will have an election in 2024. 

At the end of this period, they may choose to stand in for re-election or resign the position to new candidates.

Future Mayors of West Yorkshire will then serve a 4 year term.

What powers will the Mayor of West Yorkshire have?

The Mayor will have a demanding and wide-ranging role representing a population of over 2.5 million residents of West Yorkshire. The Mayor will support the objectives of the Combined Authority to deliver regeneration and economic development, and co-ordination of long-term transformational programmes, and budget responsibility.

The Mayor will be responsible for specific functions of the Combined Authority that are ‘Mayoral Functions’ and functions of the Police and Crime Commissioner. The Mayoral Functions are: transport-related functions, housing and planning functions, and finance powers.

How will having a Mayor of West Yorkshire affect the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner?

The election of the Mayor will change the way police and crime matters are overseen in West Yorkshire, with the Mayor taking on the functions of the Police and Crime Commissioner. The Mayor may also appoint a Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime to support with this work. 

Will having a West Yorkshire Mayor mean local authority leaders and councillors will have less power?

Local authority leaders and councillors will still be responsible for the delivery of day-to-day public services within their constituency while the Mayor will work alongside local authority leaders and councillors to create strategies and policies that benefit the people of West Yorkshire at a regional level. No functions or funding are being taken away from local authorities or their leaders.

How will existing local authority mayors work with the Mayor of West Yorkshire?

Existing local authority mayors will work with the Mayor of West Yorkshire in the same way that local councillors will. Local authority leaders and councillors will still be responsible for the delivery of day-to-day public services within their constituency while the Mayor will work alongside local authority leaders to prioritise issues that matter to people at a regional level

When will the West Yorkshire Mayoral election take place?

The West Yorkshire Mayoral election will take place on 6 May 2021. Local council and parish council elections will take place on the same day.

How can I vote at the election?

There are three ways you can vote at the election. You can vote in person at your local polling station on 6 May.  

If you are not able to vote in person at a polling station, you can apply to vote by post or you can vote by proxy and nominate someone else to vote on your behalf.  

You can register to vote by your chosen method here. 

How do I register to vote?

Registering your vote is quick and simple. The easiest way to do this is online. If you do not wish to register online you can register using a paper form which you will need to print, fill out and send to your local Electoral Registration Officer 

You can register to vote online or download the paper form here. 

Can I apply to vote by post or proxy?

You can apply to vote by post and by proxy for the election. All you need to do is select your preferred method of voting when registering your vote either online or on the paper form.

How will you make polling stations safe with Covid-19?

All our council partners will put extra measures in place to ensure that polling stations are safe places to vote, including: 

  • Asking you to wear a face covering 
  • Providing hand sanitiser 
  • Maintaining social distancing 

For more information and guidance please visit your local council website. 

Leeds City Council 

Wakefield Council 

Kirklees Council 

Bradford District Council 

Calderdale Council 

Is voting by post safe?

Voting by post is safe. You will be asked to provide your date of birth and signature when voting by post. When your postal vote is returned to us your signature and date of birth are checked against those provided before to confirm your identify, which ensures postal votes are secure way of voting