As you will be aware, in March 2020 West Yorkshire’s council leaders secured a £1.8 billion-plus devolution deal for West Yorkshire, which will see more decisions about the region taken here instead of London and more investment for the things that matter to local people.
This deal means that decisions in key areas, such as better transport, skills, the economy, housing and regeneration will be taken in West Yorkshire by people who know and understand the region, bringing huge benefits for rural and urban communities and for people’s quality of life.
The deal will also provide more essential funding and powers to help our region recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why council leaders and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority are keen to see progress continue at pace, so that all of the necessary work is done ready for a mayoral election to take place in May 2021.
A public consultation is being held from 25 May to 19 July on the devolution deal and proposals for a directly elected mayor. We would strongly encourage you to take part and to share details with your networks, so that as many people across West Yorkshire as possible have the opportunity to share their views. You can take part in the following ways:
- Through the online survey at yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/WYdevolution
- By email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- By calling the freephone telephone number 0800 141 3657
- By post using the freepost address: Freepost WY Devolution Consultation (no stamp needed)
For further information about devolution in West Yorkshire, please visit www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/devolution