The Combined Authority

The devolution deal builds on more than 15 years of successful partnership working between West Yorkshire councils and the wider Leeds City Region

The devolution deal builds on more than 15 years of successful partnership working between West Yorkshire councils and the wider Leeds City Region.

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority works in partnership with local councils and businesses to ensure that everyone in our region benefits from a strong, successful economy and a modern, accessible transport network.

By championing the region’s interests nationally and internationally, we secure government and other investment to drive the region forward. We are currently investing around £2 billion to deliver better transport and housing, regenerate our towns and cities and protect our environment. We also help businesses to grow and create skilled jobs, and provide support, funding, and information to help people travel around the region easily on good quality public transport and cycleways, and of course, supporting the region’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Working with partners

Through the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, partner authorities already work together to make decisions at a regional level, but now the public will now be able to directly elect a mayor to ensure accountability for the additional powers and funding made available through devolution deals.

You can find out more through our corporate plan, and see how we spend our budget here.

We are already seeing the benefits from devolution, including:

  • £317 million Transforming Cities Fund, the largest allocation to any region, to deliver transformational walking and cycling schemes across West Yorkshire and creating jobs 
  • £67 million funding for new homes on Brownfield sites
  • a seat at the national table on economic recovery.

Related information

  1. 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...
  2. Becoming a Mayoral Combined Authority

    On 6 May 2021, residents of West Yorkshire will be able to vote for the first ever Mayor of West Yorkshire. 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.

    Read more about Becoming a Mayoral Combined Authority

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