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 no covered by the FAQ.

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A devolution deal for West Yorkshire

Leaders of the five West Yorkshire councils have secured an ambitious devolution deal with Government, which will see an historic transfer of powers and investment from Whitehall to our region. It will give local control of at least £1.8 billion of funding to be spent on the things that matter to the people of West Yorkshire.

The deal means decisions across key areas, such as better transport, skills, the economy, housing and regeneration will be taken in West Yorkshire by people who know and understand the region, bringing benefits for rural and urban communities and improvements to people’s quality of life.

It will also mean a directly-elected mayor for West Yorkshire with elections being held in May 2021.

The deal

The deal includes:

  • £38 million per year for 30 years into the West Yorkshire Investment Fund with significant freedoms to spend on local priorities
  • a Government commitment to work with West Yorkshire to develop a modern mass transit system through access to a new five-year integrated transport settlement – a share of a £4.2 billion fund for mayoral combined authorities
  • £317 million to invest in public transport, cycling and walking through the Transforming Cities Fund with local flexibility on delivery
  • a £25 million fund to support the development of a British Library North in Leeds
  • a Government commitment to deliver flooding schemes worth £101 million
  • control of the £63 million annual Adult Education Budget for West Yorkshire
  • £3.2 million to support the development of a pipeline of housing sites across West Yorkshire
  • £200,000 Government funding for collaboration at a Yorkshire-level through the Yorkshire Leaders Board.

You can read more in the full deal document(External link)Further information about each part of the deal is available in the survey, which you can complete below.

You can read the full details of the scheme setting out proposals for changes to the governance and functions of  the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

You can also read a governance review, which has informed the proposed governance changes.

Have your say

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 no covered by the FAQ.

Complete the survey

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Next steps

Following the close of consultation on 19 July 2020, Ipsos MORI, on behalf of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, will collate and independently analyse all the consultation responses received. They will present a report to Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield councils and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority for consideration. After considering the information in the consultation report, a decision will be made on whether to submit the scheme, and any recommendations, to the Secretary of State to lay an order for the creation of a mayoral combined authority and election of a Mayor for West Yorkshire.

Related information

  1. 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.

    Read more about Devolution
  2. 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...
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Adult Education Budget Strategy consultation

    As part of our engagement activity and transparency around devolution across West Yorkshire we would like to invite you to provide feedback on the AEB Strategy via an online survey using the link below. This survey will be open from 25 May to midnight on 12 July 2020.

    Read more about Adult Education Budget Strategy consultation