Laura Sharman 03 September 2015

West Yorkshire councils submit devolution bid

Council leaders in West Yorkshire have confirmed they are ready to strike a devolution deal with the Government.

The councils will be be submitting a bid for devolved economic powers for the Leeds City Region, including new powers to generate income for major infrastructure projects. It also calls for more responsibility over transport, housing, skills and business support.

In exchange, the council leaders said they would consider introducing an elected metro-mayor as long as the Government was handing down radical powers to allow local economies to thrive.

Councillor Peter Box, leader of Wakefield Council said: ‘Today we had a constructive meeting with leaders of neighbouring councils and Lord O’Neill ahead of us submitting to government an ambitious devolution proposal that will mean better infrastructure, jobs and housing.’

The bid includes Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield, Craven, Harrogate, Selby and the City of York,.

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