Laura Sharman 11 September 2020

All West Yorkshire councils back devolution deal

All five West Yorkshire councils and the Combined Authority have given their consent to a devolution deal for the region.

The deal will now progress to the final stages of the parliamentary process to make it law, after Kirklees Councils become the final council to give the deal its backing.

The deal is expected to generate an additional £1.8bn public investment to the region over the next 30 years, and grant the region more freedom to make local decisions.

Voters will be able to elect the first West Yorkshire Mayor in May 2021.

In a joint statement, the five council leaders - cllr Susan Hinchcliffe (Bradford), cllr Tim Swift (Calderdale), cllr Shabir Pandor (Kirklees), cllr Judith Blake (Leeds) and cllr Denise Jeffery (Wakefield) - said: ‘Our West Yorkshire councils have now consulted on the mayoral devolution deal, and submitted the findings to Government. We are pleased that it has the backing from our respective councils and the large majority of those who responded to our public consultation. It is now over to the Government to prepare the draft legislation.

’Our local areas are already seeing the benefits of the deal through the early funding we’ve secured to develop brownfield sites for housing, deliver much-needed transport improvements and support people to develop the skills to find good work in a challenging job market.’

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