On 11 March 2020 West Yorkshire leaders and Government signed a ‘minded to’ devolution deal for West Yorkshire.
The deal sets out the new powers, funding and responsibilities which will be transferred from central Government to West Yorkshire. It enables the five councils and the Mayoral Combined Authority to take more decisions on the issues that affect local communities including transport, adult education, skills and jobs, infrastructure, housing and regeneration, and the region’s economic recovery.
The deal and incorporates findings from the eight-week public consultation carried out by the West Yorkshire councils and the Combined Authority over the summer 2020 — the largest ever public consultation on English regional devolution with over 4,400 responses. The findings from the consultation were supported by most of the people who participated.
The devolution deal is crucial for us to fully realise our vision for West Yorkshire and meet our regional challenges. Without a deal we would have less influence with government, less funding to spend on local priorities, loss of access to funding, and would be an ending to funding deals.