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The West Yorkshire Combined Authority brings together local councils, businesses and the Mayor of West Yorkshire to build a strong, successful economy where everyone can build great businesses, careers and lives.

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 The West Yorkshire Combined Authority brings together the Leaders of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield councils, and the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), with the Mayor of West Yorkshire as its directly-elected chair.

The Combined Authority and LEP work together closely to deliver our shared vision for our region: to be recognised globally as a place with a strong, successful economy where everyone can build great businesses, careers and lives supported by a superb environment and world-class infrastructure.

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 what was the Police and Crime Commissioner. The Mayor will appoint a Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime to support with this work.

Through our Metro brand, we play a central role in travel across West Yorkshire, operating the network of almost 14,000 bus stations, travel centres and public transport information across the region.

Metro also supports free and subsidised travel, concessionary fares, transport to and from school for more than 40,000 West Yorkshire pupils, and manages the MCard travel card, as well as working closely with West Yorkshire bus operators to improve services and the bus network.

The Mayor of West Yorkshire

The Mayor of West Yorkshire represents the interests of our 2.3 million residents and ensures that we deliver on the issues that matter most to them. The Mayor has responsibility for transport, housing and planning, and finance powers, as well as the functions of the Police and Crime Commissioner, supported by an appointed Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime.

Devolution for West Yorkshire

With the election of the region’s first Mayor in May 2021, devolution has unlocked significant new funding and powers so we can continue to improve our region and the lives of everyone who lives and works here.

Having a Mayor means decisions currently taken in London will be taken in West Yorkshire, by people who know and understand the region and the places within it. It gives us more influence and the ability to invest in the things that matter locally, such as better transport, skills, housing and regeneration.

Already, funding secured through the devolution deal is making a difference to the lives of people across West Yorkshire, with extra investment in skills, training and employment, supporting businesses, and helping our region recover from the pandemic.

How are we governed?

Our work is led by Combined Authority members and the LEP Board

The Combined Authority is made up of the Mayor of West Yorkshire, 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.

In this section

  1. Corporate Plan 2020/21

    Welcome to our Corporate Plan for 2020/21, setting out our achievements from 2019/2020, details our plans to continue the transformation of our economy over the next 12 months and the latest LEP Annual Review and Delivery Plan.

    Read more about Corporate Plan 2020/21
  2. 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
  3. Corporate Plan 2019/20

    Welcome to our Corporate Plan for 2019/2020, setting out our achievements from 2018/2019 and details our plans to continue the transformation of our economy over the next 12 months.

    Read more about Corporate Plan 2019/20
  4. West Yorkshire area

    As the biggest contributor to the UK economy in the Northern Powerhouse, with a proud cultural and sporting heritage, our region is a modern and inspiring place to live, work and settle down.

    Read more about West Yorkshire area
  5. Get involved

    We are committed to making our democratic processes as open and transparent as possible and making it easier for people living across the Leeds City Region to see how decisions that affect them are made and have their say.

    Read more about Get involved
  6. Gender pay gap

    Information about West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s gender pay gap and the steps we are measures we are taking to deliver on our commitment to gender equality.

    Read more about Gender pay gap
  7. Governance and transparency

    West Yorkshire Combined Authority is committed to upholding the highest standards of governance and conducting its activities with the principles of openness and transparency.

    Read more about Governance and transparency