What will the Mayor do?

The Mayor will have a number of specific powers. Find out what they are and how they fit with partner councils and the LEP

The Mayor will have a number of specific powers including the ability to set a precept on council tax and charge a business rate supplement, subject to a ballot. They will also have transport powers including to draw up a local transport plan and implement bus franchising. 

The elected Mayor for West Yorkshire will be a member of the Combined Authority and will chair its meetings. The other members will continue to be: 

  • an appointed representative from each of the constituent councils of the West Yorkshire region (likely to be the leaders of each council)
  • one member from the LEP board
  • one member from York City Council as a non-constituent council
  • three additional elected members for political balance jointly appointed by the Constituent Councils. 


The Mayor will also be a member of the LEP board

Related information

  1. 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
  2. The devolution deal

    The deal sets out the new powers, funding and responsibilities which will be transferred from central Government to West Yorkshire. Read the full details.

    Read more about The devolution deal