West Yorkshire Devolution

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A devolution deal for West Yorkshire

Leaders of the five West Yorkshire councils have secured an ambitious devolution deal with Government, which will see an historic transfer of powers and investment from Whitehall to our region. It will give local control of at least £1.8 billion of funding to be spent on the things that matter to the people of West Yorkshire.

The deal means decisions across 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 benefits for rural and urban communities and improvements to people’s quality of life.

It will also mean a directly-elected mayor for West Yorkshire with elections being held in May 2021.


The deal

The deal includes:

  • £38 million per year for 30 years into the West Yorkshire Investment Fund with significant freedoms to spend on local priorities
  • a Government commitment to work with West Yorkshire to develop a modern mass transit system through access to a new five-year integrated transport settlement – a share of a £4.2 billion fund for mayoral combined authorities
  • £317 million to invest in public transport, cycling and walking through the Transforming Cities Fund with local flexibility on delivery
  • a £25 million fund to support the development of a British Library North in Leeds
  • a Government commitment to deliver flooding schemes worth £101 million
  • control of the £63 million annual Adult Education Budget for West Yorkshire
  • £3.2 million to support the development of a pipeline of housing sites across West Yorkshire
  • £200,000 Government funding for collaboration at a Yorkshire-level through the Yorkshire Leaders Board

You can read more in the full deal document. Further information about each part of the deal is available in the survey, which you can complete below.

Full details of the scheme setting out proposals for changes to the governance and functions of  the West Yorkshire Combined Authority can be found here.

You can also read a governance review, which has informed the proposed governance changes here.

You can find a glossary of the terms used in this consultation here,

Have your say

Between 25 May and 19 July 2020, we are asking for your feedback on the devolution deal. Tell us what you think by completing our survey.

The survey is likely to take around 20 minutes to fill out and will need to be completed in a single session. You will be able to print out a copy of your responses if required.

You can access a pdf of the survey by clicking here, or from the documents section of this page.

You can ask us a question using the Question and Answer (Q&A) tool (at the bottom of the page) if you have a question that isn’t covered by our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or if you would like us to clarify any technical terms that appear in the survey. You can also contact us with queries using any of the contact details in the Contact Us section below.

We will be updating our FAQs throughout the consultation with any common questions received.

Contact us

Via our Q&A tool: Submit your questions below (we will respond to relevant questions relating to this consultation)

Via email: wyconsultation@ipsos-mori.com

Via our freephone number: 0800 141 3657

Via post: Freepost WY Devolution Consultation (no stamp needed)

Next steps

Following the close of consultation on 19 July 2020, Ipsos MORI, on behalf of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, will collate and independently analyse all the consultation responses received. They will present a report to Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield councils and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority for consideration. After considering the information in the consultation report, a decision will be made on whether to submit the scheme, and any recommendations, to the Secretary of State to lay an order for the creation of a mayoral combined authority and election of a Mayor for West Yorkshire.

Adult Education Budget Strategy Consultation

At the same time as this devolution consultation a separate consultation will be held on the Adult Education Budget Strategy – it is a public consultation, but we are particularly keen to hear from education and training providers, and similarly interested stakeholders. This plan outlines the improvements we intend to make to the adult skills system through the devolution of the Adult Education Budget.

If you are interested in knowing more about this consultation, please visit: yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/aeb

Stay in touch

To be kept informed, please register for updates or enter your email address in the 'Stay Informed' section of this page.

A devolution deal for West Yorkshire

Leaders of the five West Yorkshire councils have secured an ambitious devolution deal with Government, which will see an historic transfer of powers and investment from Whitehall to our region. It will give local control of at least £1.8 billion of funding to be spent on the things that matter to the people of West Yorkshire.

The deal means decisions across 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 benefits for rural and urban communities and improvements to people’s quality of life.

It will also mean a directly-elected mayor for West Yorkshire with elections being held in May 2021.


The deal

The deal includes:

  • £38 million per year for 30 years into the West Yorkshire Investment Fund with significant freedoms to spend on local priorities
  • a Government commitment to work with West Yorkshire to develop a modern mass transit system through access to a new five-year integrated transport settlement – a share of a £4.2 billion fund for mayoral combined authorities
  • £317 million to invest in public transport, cycling and walking through the Transforming Cities Fund with local flexibility on delivery
  • a £25 million fund to support the development of a British Library North in Leeds
  • a Government commitment to deliver flooding schemes worth £101 million
  • control of the £63 million annual Adult Education Budget for West Yorkshire
  • £3.2 million to support the development of a pipeline of housing sites across West Yorkshire
  • £200,000 Government funding for collaboration at a Yorkshire-level through the Yorkshire Leaders Board

You can read more in the full deal document. Further information about each part of the deal is available in the survey, which you can complete below.

Full details of the scheme setting out proposals for changes to the governance and functions of  the West Yorkshire Combined Authority can be found here.

You can also read a governance review, which has informed the proposed governance changes here.

You can find a glossary of the terms used in this consultation here,

Have your say

Between 25 May and 19 July 2020, we are asking for your feedback on the devolution deal. Tell us what you think by completing our survey.

The survey is likely to take around 20 minutes to fill out and will need to be completed in a single session. You will be able to print out a copy of your responses if required.

You can access a pdf of the survey by clicking here, or from the documents section of this page.

You can ask us a question using the Question and Answer (Q&A) tool (at the bottom of the page) if you have a question that isn’t covered by our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or if you would like us to clarify any technical terms that appear in the survey. You can also contact us with queries using any of the contact details in the Contact Us section below.

We will be updating our FAQs throughout the consultation with any common questions received.

Contact us

Via our Q&A tool: Submit your questions below (we will respond to relevant questions relating to this consultation)

Via email: wyconsultation@ipsos-mori.com

Via our freephone number: 0800 141 3657

Via post: Freepost WY Devolution Consultation (no stamp needed)

Next steps

Following the close of consultation on 19 July 2020, Ipsos MORI, on behalf of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, will collate and independently analyse all the consultation responses received. They will present a report to Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield councils and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority for consideration. After considering the information in the consultation report, a decision will be made on whether to submit the scheme, and any recommendations, to the Secretary of State to lay an order for the creation of a mayoral combined authority and election of a Mayor for West Yorkshire.

Adult Education Budget Strategy Consultation

At the same time as this devolution consultation a separate consultation will be held on the Adult Education Budget Strategy – it is a public consultation, but we are particularly keen to hear from education and training providers, and similarly interested stakeholders. This plan outlines the improvements we intend to make to the adult skills system through the devolution of the Adult Education Budget.

If you are interested in knowing more about this consultation, please visit: yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/aeb

Stay in touch

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    Will Bradford have our own Mayor ?

    Gary 10 asked 14 days ago

    No. The mayor will be a metro mayor for the whole of West Yorkshire. Metro mayors work with combined authorities to exercise powers at a regional level. Through the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, partner authorities already work together to make decisions at a regional level but the public should be able to directly elect a mayor to ensure accountability for the additional powers and funding made available through devolution deals. The people of Bradford will be able to vote for who they want to be the Mayor, along with all other voters in West Yorkshire.

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    Transport is the big issue here. Railway stations Leeds and the 2 Bradford stations are very poor. What can the new authority do to improve them and the tracks to improve services? Manchester public transport rail, tram bus and car is massively superior to Leeds and Bradford.

    john@sharrockfamily.com asked 14 days ago

    The 'minded to' devolution deal helped us to secure a £317m Transforming Cities Fund allocation, the largest allocation in the country both in cash terms and per head of population.

    Becoming an Mayoral Combined Authority will also give us access to a £4.2bn Transport Fund and the Mayor will have the power to set a transport strategy.

    The Combined Authority has already been working with partner councils including Leeds City Council on the development of Leeds and Bradford Stations (and others in the region), and influencing government to deliver Northern Powerhouse Rail, Highspeed Rail 2 (HS2), and the Transpennine Route Upgrade.

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    Cycling lane to pontefract from knottingley to new swimming pool ? Will we be getting any more police officers on beat.

    PaulGreen asked 20 days ago

    The West Yorkshire devolution deal is the biggest ever of its kind and brings more than £1.8 billion of investment for West Yorkshire into local control. This includes £38 million per year for 30 years with significant freedoms to spend on local priorities.

    The deal means that decisions currently taken in London will be taken in West Yorkshire, by people who know and understand the region and the places within it.

    It will mean more decisions are made locally, more investment in the things that matter locally and more opportunities for our region. 

    Local communities will see investments in areas such as better transport, skills, housing and regeneration.

    Partnership working through the West Yorkshire Combined Authority is already making a difference to local areas. We've brought nearly £3 billion public and private sector investment into the region in recent years, which has delivered world-class new college facilities for young people to develop the skills for 21st Century jobs, transport improvements including three new rail stations (Low Moor, Apperley Bridge and Kirkstall Forge), park and rides and better bus services, flood protection for communities and businesses, and support for over 10,000 businesses leading to the creation of new jobs and apprenticeships.

    For full information on the benefits the deal could bring, visit the Devolution page on our website.

    The funding which has been secured is for the whole of West Yorkshire. Funding allocations (where not specified in the deal) are still to be determined. These will be agreed by the Combined Authority, which includes elected members from each of the West Yorkshire councils as well as the Mayor for West Yorkshire. An investment strategy will be developed that will be open to scrutiny by elected members.

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    A Lord mayor for West Yorkshire

    Joanie asked 20 days ago

    The mayor will be a metro mayor. Metro mayors work with combined authorities to exercise powers at a regional level. Through the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, partner authorities already work together to make decisions at a regional level but the public should be able to directly elect a mayor to ensure accountability for the additional powers and funding made available through devolution deals.

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    What's in it for council?The words executives makes me think of fatcats etc.Also what's in it for us?

    Phil asked about 1 month ago

    Councils will continue to have the responsibilities they do now, providing vital services to their communities and championing their towns, rural communities and cities. This is about moving powers and money from Whitehall to West Yorkshire for the benefit of all our communities.

    The West Yorkshire devolution deal is the biggest ever of its kind and brings more than £1.8 billion of investment for West Yorkshire into local control. This includes £38 million per year for 30 years with significant freedoms to spend on local priorities.

    The deal means that decisions currently taken in London will be taken in West Yorkshire, by people who know and understand the region and the places within it.

    It will mean more decisions are made locally, more investment in the things that matter locally and more opportunities for our region. 

    Local communities will see investments in areas such as better transport, skills, housing and regeneration.

    Partnership working through the West Yorkshire Combined Authority is already making a difference to local areas. We've brought nearly £3 billion public and private sector investment into the region in recent years, which has delivered world-class new college facilities for young people to develop the skills for 21st Century jobs, transport improvements including three new rail stations (Low Moor, Apperley Bridge and Kirkstall Forge), park and rides and better bus services, flood protection for communities and businesses, and support for over 10,000 businesses leading to the creation of new jobs and apprenticeships.

    For full information on the benefits the deal could bring, visit the Devolution page on our website.

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    Will funding be filtered down to local towns or will it end up centralised in the cities?

    Z Savage asked about 1 month ago

    The West Yorkshire devolution deal is the biggest ever of its kind and brings more than £1.8 billion of investment for West Yorkshire into local control. This includes £38 million per year for 30 years with significant freedoms to spend on local priorities.

    The deal means that decisions currently taken in London will be taken in West Yorkshire, by people who know and understand the region and the places within it.

    It will mean more decisions are made locally, more investment in the things that matter locally and more opportunities for our region. 

    Local communities will see investments in areas such as better transport, skills, housing and regeneration.

    Partnership working through the West Yorkshire Combined Authority is already making a difference to local areas. We've brought nearly £3 billion public and private sector investment into the region in recent years, which has delivered world-class new college facilities for young people to develop the skills for 21st Century jobs, transport improvements including three new rail stations (Low Moor, Apperley Bridge and Kirkstall Forge), park and rides and better bus services, flood protection for communities and businesses, and support for over 10,000 businesses leading to the creation of new jobs and apprenticeships.

    For full information on the benefits the deal could bring, visit the Devolution page on our website.

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    Keighley town centre has been decimated by the recent closure of larger shops how do i know that the move to regional government will benefit Keighley and other low income areas as well as just the centre of Bradford and its immediate environs. We need to rethink the purpose of a Town centre with more emphasis on family leisure activities, cultural outlets and less on pure retail so that the centre of a town becomes its heart not a hole.

    Tricia asked about 1 month ago

    The mayoral combined authority will not replace the work of local councils in investing and supporting their local communities. Decisions relating to local communities will continue to be made by local councils. The devolution deal does provide greater investment for West Yorkshire in areas such as better transport, skills, housing and regeneration, and the freedom to spend this on local priorities. It also means that decisions currently taken in London will be taken in West Yorkshire, by people who know and understand the region and the places within it.

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    Why are the aims all centered on Bradford?

    Cath asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your question. The following response has been provided by Bradford Council:

    The Transforming Cities Funding stream announced by the Department for Transport is specifically targeted to the delivery of measures to support intra-city transport in the largest urban areas in the UK where funding can support major infrastructure investment. The Government guidance setting out the eligibility criteria for this funding specifically highlights that it is targeted at those locations with high work day as opposed to residential populations. On the basis of these criteria it was not possible to prepare bids for some of the other district centres such as Keighley, Shipley or Ilkley for investment as these would not have met the initial approval threshold.

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    Why is bradford council so opposed to cars in the city ? I and many others will not use the city centre or shops because of this .

    Terrysnook asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your question. The following response has been provided by Bradford Council: 

    For many years Bradford city centre has suffered from high traffic movements through its city centre by vehicles diverting from the inner ring road (A6177). Many areas of the city centre suffer severance for pedestrians due to multi-lane roads with high vehicle speeds which are inconsistent with a city centre setting and lead to poor air quality and a high number of pedestrian accidents.

    Bradford Council are keen to ensure that its principal city centre can be an exemplar for a modern, liveable city which has excellent public transport connections whilst also recognising the needs of the private motorist visiting the city centre for retail or leisure activities. Reallocating traffic to more appropriate roads which circulate the city centre core is essential to achieving this and ensuring that pedestrians can move around the city centre safely.

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    Have we given up on a Yorkshire wide devolution?

    Aethelflaed asked 14 days ago

    We’ve made huge progress in convincing the Government about the benefits of working together at a Yorkshire-level to maximise the benefits of our global brand, coherent economy and shared identity to deliver growth for our communities and the UK economy. The West Yorkshire devolution deal includes £200,000 funding to support the work of the Yorkshire Leaders Board to enable greater collaboration on a Yorkshire-wide basis.

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    Are certain areas going to be looked after and other areas not

    Jbe asked 14 days ago

    The funding which has been secured is for the whole of West Yorkshire. Funding allocations (where not specified in the deal) are still to be determined. These will be agreed by the Combined Authority, which includes elected members from each of the West Yorkshire councils as well as the Mayor for West Yorkshire. An investment strategy will be developed that will be open to scrutiny by elected members.

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    I have seen it reported that decisions will be made via "regular meetings between the leaders of the five West Yorkshire councils (all Labour at the moment), three other councillors from different parties for balance". How will the other councillors be chosen, and why is this necessary? The leaders of the West Yorkshire councils were elected, therefore if it's 5 Labour leaders that is simply representative of the democratic votes across West Yorkshire. 3 other councillors means nearly 40% of this group, which is a lot of power in people, power which surely should only be vested in those who have a democratic mandate? Do those 3 councillors come from separate parties or all from the same party?

    Josh asked 14 days ago

    The three members chosen for political balance can be from separate parties as they will be based on the number of seats each party holds as a proportion of the overall seats in West Yorkshire. This will be calculated by the Combined Authority. These three members will be jointly appointed by constituent councils to better the balance of seats across West Yorkshire, and will not directly represent any individual constituent council when carrying out their roles.

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    At a time when many local libraries are set to close in what is described as local 'cuts' is it right to be spending 25million on setting up seperate library facilities?

    Roadcrew asked 14 days ago

    We have secured the £25m to support the work of Leeds City Council with the British Library to establish a potential 'British Library North'. It is an opportunity to use government investment in the North to help with our creative, learning, cultural and digital aspirations for the Leeds City Region.

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    How do I stop this happening?

    TESSIE asked 15 days ago

    The current 8 week public consultation is a key part of the legal process to deliver devolution. There will not be a public vote on this issue.

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    How will any extra funding be split between the city's...per capita basis? I live in Harehills in Leeds one of the most deprived wards..how will this help us?

    Markjg1966 asked 16 days ago

    The funding which has been secured is for the whole of West Yorkshire. Funding allocations (where not specified in the deal) are still to be determined. These will be agreed by the Combined Authority, which includes elected members from each of the West Yorkshire councils as well as the Mayor for West Yorkshire. An investment strategy will be developed that will be open to scrutiny by elected members.

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    Why is this being touted as “West Yorkshire”, presumably a now abolished arbitrary at best local government region, when if an authority needs creating, surely it would make more sense to combine the former West and South Yorkshire metropolitan council areas? These historically worked together and have social/history/infrastructure in common. Call it “West Riding” if you like but just having some extra tier for former West Yorkshire is too small, too backward looking and a wasted opportunity.

    Iani asked 16 days ago

    A Mayoral Combined Authority is already in place in South Yorkshire and this deal will ensure that people in West Yorkshire feel the benefit of the additional investment and opportunities this creates. There have been many different views to take into account however in agreeing this deal for West Yorkshire, local council leaders have made huge progress in convincing the Government about the benefits of working together at a Yorkshire-level to maximise the benefits of our global brand, coherent economy and shared identity to deliver growth for our communities and the UK economy. The West Yorkshire devolution deal includes £200,000 funding to support the work of the Yorkshire Leaders Board.

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    Will west Yorkshire devolution be like Scottish and Welsh devolution?

    RobertSl asked 17 days ago

    Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are devolved administrations and therefore have a separate parliament and elected MPs.

    The proposals for devolution in West Yorkshire are different. Better comparisons are Greater Manchester and the West Midlands. This is about taking decisions as near as possible to where they will have an impact. As an example, it makes most sense for the Government in London to take decisions about defence but your local council will decide when your bins will be emptied. At the moment, a large proportion of decisions about what happens in Yorkshire are taken by the Government and its departments. Through a process known as ‘devolution deals’ the Government is giving areas more powers to make their own decisions on issues such as transport, skills and support for business.

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    "Three additional members will be chosen in collective agreement to reflect as far as practical the political make-up of the constituent councils" Could you explain how those people will be chosen, how is it decided who they are, who decides, and who calculates the political make up of the constituent councils. Thanks.

    Andrew (Same Skies) asked 18 days ago

    The three members chosen for political balance can be from separate parties as they will be based on the number of seats each party holds as a proportion of the overall seats in West Yorkshire. This will be calculated by the Combined Authority. These three members will be jointly appointed by constituent councils to better the balance of seats across West Yorkshire, and will not directly represent any individual constituent council when carrying out their roles.

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    "A Police and Crime Panel will scrutinise the actions and decisions of the Mayor /Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime and enable the public to hold them to account." Could you explain who will be on the panel, how will they be chosen, if the panel aren't happy with the mayor or deputy, do the panel have sanctions they can impose? Thanks.

    Andrew (Same Skies) asked 18 days ago

    There is already a Police and Crime Panel which has a role of scrutiny over the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner. When the functions transfer to the West Yorkshire Mayor the panel will perform the same role as currently, but it will be in relation to the Mayor and their exercising of PCC functions. The Mayor/Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime are required to attend the Police and Crime Panel. The Panel is being considered as a part of the governance of the Mayoral Combined Authority. Their powers are set out in law, and include requiring the Mayor to consult them on major decisions (e.g. issuing a police and crime plan, setting a precept, appointing senior staff).

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    If government want this and are dangling monetary carrots what are we losing because this would not be on offer if it really gave us autonomy. I want to know the downside and how even handed is the funding going to be when we know labour led councils in this country have suffered more cuts than tory led ones

    Jude klaus asked 18 days ago

    This is the biggest devolution deal the Government has ever done. The Government is allocating the funding and functions in return for the Councils within the region agreeing to have a directly elected Mayor working with them.

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    is this going to be centered on leeds if so no deal

    john whittell asked 23 days ago

    The funding which has been secured is for the whole of West Yorkshire. Funding allocations (where not specified in the deal) are still to be determined. These will be agreed by the Combined Authority, which includes elected members from each of the West Yorkshire councils as well as the Mayor for West Yorkshire. An investment strategy will be developed that will be open to scrutiny by elected members.

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    Will you help us protect The West Yorkshire Transgender community from the proposed govern changes to the Equality Act and rollbacks to our rights in public spaces?

    Taz asked 24 days ago

    As a Combined Authority we are committed to protecting the rights of everyone who lives, works or spends time in our region. If there are specific issues you would like us to consider please email us at CustomerFeedback@westyorks-ca.gov.uk.

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    Will this funding impact and benefit people at a local community level and how will it be noticeable?

    HNA asked about 1 month ago

    The funding which has been secured is for the whole of West Yorkshire. Funding allocations (where not specified in the deal) are still to be determined. These will be agreed by the Combined Authority, which includes elected members from each of the West Yorkshire councils as well as the Mayor for West Yorkshire. An investment strategy will be developed that will be open to scrutiny by elected members.

    The Combined Authority has a local Assurance Framework which sets out transparent and robust processes to ensure value for money regarding investment decisions, and how the Combined Authority and the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) are accountable to local people. It covers all significant projects and programmes and has been prepared in accordance with national guidance. The document is updated annually and will be amended to reflect new mayoral governance arrangements. In addition, the Combined Authority will also be subject to assessments by the Government to ensure that the investments it has made have contributed to economic growth.

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    How will the allocated monies be distributed in a fair and equal way and who will oversee this

    Christine mason asked about 1 month ago

    The funding which has been secured is for the whole of West Yorkshire. Funding allocations (where not specified in the deal) are still to be determined. These will be agreed by the Combined Authority, which includes elected members from each of the West Yorkshire councils as well as the Mayor for West Yorkshire. An investment strategy will be developed that will be open to scrutiny by elected members.

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    Does this mean we can get a better more reliable public services

    Annabella asked 24 days ago

    This is a deal that guarantees long term funding that will allow us to invest in public transport, support business, improve skills and living standards while tackling the climate emergency. It will mean more of the decisions with major impacts on our region, which are currently taken in London, will be taken here. And it means being at the front of the queue for future powers and funding. 

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    I recall in 1986 the Tories under Margaret Thatcher and then Environment Secretary Patrick Jenkin described the West Yorkshire Metropolitan County as 'wasteful and unnecessary' and promptly abolished it supported by then Pudsey MP Sir Giles Shaw who said that former County Boroughs such as Leeds and Bradford were large enough to make their own decisions. What has changed this time and if you support more devolution why not simply restore powers and functions taken out of local control over the last forty years (eg Municipal Public Transport, FE Colleges, Water Supply & Sewerage, Magistrates Courts, Health Centres & Clinics, not to mention the proliferation of Free Schools and Academy Schools, and many more besides) to existing local authorities at much lower cost?

    M. Johnson asked 27 days ago

    The devolution deal on the table will bring significant new investment into our region along with the freedom to spend this on local priorities. The powers and functions of the mayoral combined authority and Mayor relate to those areas, such as transport, skills and business growth where it makes sense to take decisions at a regional level. Local authorities will continue to take decisions about local matters. No powers are being transferred from local authorities. In addition to the Mayor, the mayoral combined authority will also bring together elected representatives from each of the five West Yorkshire councils, to ensure there is local input to and accountability for the decisions the Combined Authority takes collectively.

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    Why do we need another layer of Government when YOU (Liebour) listen to us anyway

    Dave Caldwell asked about 1 month ago

    This is a deal that guarantees long term funding that will allow us to invest in public transport, support business, improve skills and living standards while tackling the climate emergency. It will mean more of the decisions with major impacts on our region, which are currently taken in London, will be taken here. And it means being at the front of the queue for future powers and funding.

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    Is a One Yorkshire deal still possible if this one works?

    Pjp99 asked about 1 month ago

    We’ve made huge progress in convincing the Government about the benefits of working together at a Yorkshire-level to maximise the benefits of our global brand, coherent economy and shared identity to deliver growth for our communities and the UK economy. The West Yorkshire devolution deal includes £200,000 funding to support the work of the Yorkshire Leaders Board to enable greater collaboration on a Yorkshire-wide basis.

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    Will this just be another tier of politicians that need to be paid for we already have more than enough as it is

    S Fitz asked 19 days ago

    The new arrangements will be similar to the existing West Yorkshire Combined Authority which draws the membership of its committees from the councillors in its partner authorities. The only additional political representative will be the Mayor and, from 2024, the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime.

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    Are there any specific funds allocated to education for the building of more schools to ease the burden on overcrowded classrooms and over worked teachers?

    Jowster asked 19 days ago

    No specific funding relating to schools has been awarded at this stage. The funding which has been secured is for the whole of West Yorkshire. Funding allocations (where not specified in the deal) are still to be determined; these will be agreed by the Combined Authority, which includes elected members from each of the West Yorkshire councils.

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    If I am correct in thinking a devultion of Yorkshire or West Yorkshire would mean we would be with the same power as Scotland, Wales and N. Ireland?

    Erika asked 20 days ago

    Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are devolved administrations and therefore have a separate parliament and elected MPs.

    The proposals for devolution in West Yorkshire are different. Better comparisons are Greater Manchester and the West Midlands. This is about taking decisions as near as possible to where they will have an impact. As an example, it makes most sense for the Government in London to take decisions about defence but your local council will decide when your bins will be emptied. At the moment, a large proportion of decisions about what happens in Yorkshire are taken by the Government and its departments. Through a process known as ‘devolution deals’ the Government is giving areas more powers to make their own decisions on issues such as transport, skills and support for business.

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    How big will the devolved region be?

    Ibyorkie asked 21 days ago

    The deal covers the West Yorkshire local authority areas (Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield). York will remain a non-constituent member of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, but is not part of the area that will elect the Mayor.

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    As a non driver I have to rely on public transport. The service around Halifax is patchy at best and mostly not fit for purpose. Due to ever increasing bus fares it is often cheaper for me to get a taxi this is not helped by the number of people with free passes that use the bus as a form of entertainment. In this time when we should all be thinking of more sustainable ways of living do the council not feel that they should be looking to provide a public transport system that is a viable alternative to using a car.

    Paula asked 23 days ago

    Providing affordable, reliable and sustainable alternatives to using a car is a core part of our work as a Combined Authority and as the transport authority for the region. As part of the devolution deal, we have secured £317 million to invest in improvements to public transport, cycling and walking in the region. Through the deal, the Government has also committed to working with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to develop a mass transit system for West Yorkshire, which includes access to a £4.2bn transport fund which will be open only to mayoral combined authorities. The deal states that this could be used to explore the case for a modern, low carbon West Yorkshire mass transit system. As this funding is not yet secured it does not form part of this consultation but there will be opportunities for people to have their say on this in future.

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    Why has this taken so long?? we should be making the decisions for yorkshire

    Pearl mcardle asked 23 days ago

    On the question of devolution in Yorkshire, there have been many different views to take into account however in agreeing this deal for West Yorkshire, local council leaders have made huge progress in convincing the Government about the benefits of working together at a Yorkshire-level to maximise the benefits of our global brand, coherent economy and shared identity to deliver growth for our communities and the UK economy. The West Yorkshire devolution deal includes £200,000 funding to support the work of the Yorkshire Leaders Board.

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    Isn’t this just more layers of bureaucracy? It provides opportunities for politicians we don’t need and also, doesn’t it detach direct responsibility from Westminster while making accountability difficult to navigate locally and only realisable at elections that have limited choice.

    Riley asked 23 days ago

    Devolution is about reducing bureaucracy. By taking decisions closer to where they will have an impact we can reduce the lengthy processes involved with dealing with Government and secure better outcomes offering better value for money.

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    Why havent we been allowed to vote on if we want this to hapoen or not?

    Karmafs asked 24 days ago

    The current eight-week public consultation is a key part of the legal process to deliver devolution and a chance for people to have a say on the deal that is on the table. As in other areas that have established mayoral combined authorities, there will not be a public vote on the issue. There would be a public election to choose a Mayor in May 2021.

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    How will we ensure that the elected Mayor will be impartial and not aligned to political organisations as is now happening in other regions particularly London and Manchester with Labour supporting Mayors.

    Iancarolhood asked 26 days ago

    We are unable to comment at this stage regarding possible mayoral candidates. Nominations can't be submitted until the notice of election has been formally published in 2021. Political parties will select their nominees and independent candidates may also come forward. Who becomes Mayor is then a matter for voters.

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    Why don’t we have an authority for the whole of Yorkshire?

    All3Ridings asked 26 days ago

    We’ve made progress in convincing the Government about the benefits of working together at a Yorkshire-level, and  the West Yorkshire devolution deal includes £200,000 funding to support the work of the Yorkshire Leaders Board, which will continue to meet and collaborate at a Yorkshire level. However, the Government has been clear that it did not wish to create a Mayor for the whole of Yorkshire at this time. A Mayoral Combined Authority is already in place in South Yorkshire and this deal will ensure that people in West Yorkshire feel the benefit of the additional investment and opportunities this creates.

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    Why do we need devolution in Leeds.

    suemudd@sky.com asked 26 days ago

    Devolution is about taking decisions as near as possible to where they will have an impact. As an example, it makes most sense for the Government in London to take decisions about defence but your local council will decide when your bins will be emptied. At the moment, a large proportion of decisions about what happens in Yorkshire are taken by the Government and its departments. Through a process known as ‘devolution deals’ the Government is giving areas more powers to make their own decisions on issues such as transport, skills and support for business.

    A devolution deal is a way groups of councils agree with Government to take greater control over funding for their area and take more major decisions, currently taken in London, locally.

    The Leaders of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield have agreed a devolution deal with the Government. The deal will now be the subject of a public consultation and will be formally considered by each council before the legal measures necessary to put the deal into practice are taken.

    This is a deal that guarantees long term funding that will allow us to invest in public transport, support business, improve skills and living standards while tackling the climate emergency. It will mean more of the decisions with major impacts on our region, which are currently taken in London, will be taken here. And it means being at the front of the queue for future powers and funding.

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    Apart from the election of a mayor isn't this just a non elected and therefore unaccountable version of the former West Yorkshire Metropolitan County Council which was abolished in 1986?

    Amanda B asked 28 days ago

    No, this is not a return to the West Yorkshire County Council. The Mayor is the only additional elected representative and they will work in partnership with the five Councils of West Yorkshire, which remain unitary.

    There are proposed to be the following members of the Combined Authority:

    • Mayor

    • 5x nominees from the constituent councils

    • 3x members for political balance

    • 1x nominee from the City of York (non-voting)

    • 1x LEP Chair (non-voting)

    All voting members are elected officials and are therefore accountable to local people.

    In addition, decisions by the Mayor and the Combined Authority may be scrutinised by members of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee which also includes elected representatives from each of the councils.

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    Why is the government so keen on our having a mayor as to provide all the extra resources identified? What democratic control exists over the mayor other than the process by which he was elected?

    mike mcgrath asked 28 days ago

    The Mayor would be part of a Combined Authority with West Yorkshire council leaders who would all have a say in the decisions taken at a regional level. There would also be an Overview and Scrutiny process similar to that in place in local authorities. The Mayor would be responsible to voters and re-elected every four years.

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    How much more will it cost in officials compared too now?

    Phil asked 28 days ago

    As part of the devolution deal, funding has been secured that far outweighs any additional costs of the new arrangements. The Mayor will have limited tax-raising powers and will be accountable to voters for that decision and how that money is spent.

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    How does this compare with Wakefield’s normal budget, will we be paying for the mayor from increased taxes? Will any of these developments find their way to outlying areas or will the designated 'service centres' just have more housing estates foisted on them with no added amenities ruining small, established communities and greenbelt?

    Clarino asked 30 days ago

    The money detailed in the devolution deal is additional to the budgets already held by local authorities. This money is coming to West Yorkshire from central government along with the freedom to decide how it is spent on the things that matter to local people.

    The deal does include the option for the Mayor to charge a "precept" - in other words a limited additional tax - as part of people's Council Tax contributions. Consultation will be required for any proposed tax raising proposals. This would detail what the money is to be used for and aligned to the Authority’s agreed strategies / policies for the region.

    For more detail on how funding may be allocated and what devolution will mean for local areas, please refer to our FAQs.

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    Willbe equally split per head or will London still get more?

    Lisa Elliott asked about 1 month ago

    The funding which has been secured is for West Yorkshire. Other areas, such as Greater Manchester or the Greater London Assembly, have their own, similar agreements. Funding allocations (where not specified in the deal) are still to be determined. These will be agreed by the Combined Authority, which includes elected members from each of the West Yorkshire councils.

    The development of the Mayoral Combined Authority is a key route to securing more money and powers from Government in pursuit of levelling up.

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    Why are so many areas of Green Belt being used and The felling of mat4ur trees? THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO GET 0% CARBON. THERE ARE TRO MAY BROWN FIELD SITES UNUSED.

    Loobyloo asked about 1 month ago

    As part of the devolution deal, government have confirmed that West Yorkshire is eligible to bid for a newly established Brownfield Housing Fund, we are awaiting further details on this funding.

    Local planning is a matter for Councils. Each Council is responsible for adopting a Local Plan which sets out how land will be used for development.

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    Will devolution extend to transport and HS3?

    Rob B asked about 1 month ago

    The devolution deal includes new transport related money and powers for the region. This includes an allocation of £317m from the Transforming Cities Fund. Through the mayoral combined authority, West Yorkshire will have access to a  share of a £4.2bn Government fund that is reserved for mayoral combined authorities to invest in their respective region's transport infrastructure. HS3 or "Northern Powerhouse Rail" is a national scheme, but one in which the West Yorkshire Combined Authority is already actively involved as a member of Transport for the North, and will continue to play a key role in ensuring this important pan-northern infrastructure scheme achieves maximum benefit for people and communities in West Yorkshire.

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    Will the new body consult with and more importantly, listen to local town and parish councils? Currently outer Metropolitan District make little effort to engage with these councils.

    Helen Owen asked about 1 month ago

    The Combined Authority already consults on its policies, projects and other aspects of work - primarily through its dedicated consultation and engagement website www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk. We very much welcome the views of local town and parish councils as part of these consultations and proactively invite parish councillors to have their say on matters of interest to their local area. We are continually looking to improve the way that we consult and engage with people in the region, and if there are any suggestions for how we could better engage with parish councils please feel free to email us at yourvoice@westyorks-ca.gov.uk.

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    The West Yorkshire Authorities – Governance Review section 2.4.1 says "5 elected members from Constituent Councils (one appointed by each Constituent Council)" I don't understand how they can be "elected members" AND "appointed" which implies not elected. Please can you explain?

    Walt Treloar asked about 1 month ago

    Each of the West Yorkshire councils will appoint one of their elected members ( that is, councillors)  to represent their council on the Combined Authority. These members have therefore been elected onto their respective council but are appointed by their council as a representative on the Combined Authority.

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    How is it proposed that funds will.not be misappropriated away by Leeds City Council on daft white elephant projects. They have a history of wasting money. CITY TRAM...a prime example

    AWD asked about 1 month ago

    The funding which has been secured is for the whole of West Yorkshire. Funding allocations (where not specified in the deal) are still to be determined; these will be agreed by the Combined Authority, which includes elected members from each of the West Yorkshire councils. Decisions by the Mayor and the Combined Authority may be scrutinised by members of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee which also includes representatives from each of the councils.

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    How will these funds be spend in supporting and improving education facilities of Primary and seocndary schools in the Bradford area? Is the there significant portion ear mark for this in this budget and how does this take into consideration the current budgets and allocations for schools?

    Mohammed asked about 1 month ago

    No specific funding relating to schools has been awarded at this stage. The funding which has been secured is for the whole of West Yorkshire. Funding allocations (where not specified in the deal) are still to be determined; these will be agreed by the Combined Authority, which includes elected members from each of the West Yorkshire councils.

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    Do we assume that the 1.8 billion will be shared fairly/equally between the 5 authorities? Also, will it be directed at specific and essential spending in each of the 5. A % of the yearly 36 million could also be added to the initial 1.8 billion to keep it topped up?

    Skint asked about 1 month ago

    The funding which has been secured is for the whole of West Yorkshire. Funding allocations (where not specified in the deal) are still to be determined; these will be agreed by the Combined Authority, which includes elected members from each of the West Yorkshire councils. Decisions by the Mayor and the Combined Authority may be scrutinised by members of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee which also includes representatives from each of the councils. The £38m per year is included in the overall figure of £1.8bn.

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    Is this survey open to Leeds residents?

    PJW asked about 1 month ago

    Yes this is a public survey and therefore open to everyone who lives in, works in, visits or has an interest in West Yorkshire.

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    What will be the voting process to elect a West Yorkshire Mayor. Will be first passed the post or some other more complex system?

    Loiner Les asked about 1 month ago

    Mayors are elected using the Supplementary Vote system. You make a first and second choice when you vote.

    If no candidate gets more than 50% of the first choice votes, all except the top two candidates are eliminated. If your first choice candidate is eliminated, and your second choice is for one of the top two, then your second choice is counted. This is the system used for all mayoral elections in England.

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    Is this going to bring in another level of bureaucracy we can I'll afford?

    Edna Hilditch asked about 1 month ago

    Devolution is about providing more local control and reducing bureaucracy. By taking decisions closer to where they will have an impact we can reduce the lengthy processes involved with dealing with Government and secure better outcomes, offering better value for money.

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    My urgent concern is the liklihood/possibilty of fraud being committed. Will steps be introduced to make all financial aspects and dealings absolutely open and available to independent scrutiny?

    Longtimeresident asked about 1 month ago

    The Combined Authority is a public body and is mindful therefore in all its operations of the need to operate with full accountability and good governance processes. It publishes a full set of constitutional documents including standing orders and financial regulations, setting out how decisions are made and how it is accountable to local people. An Overview and Scrutiny Committee is in place to provide scrutiny of decisions taken, along with an internal audit team, and external audit provide an annual certification of the financial statements. The Combined Authority's website contains further information on all these matters. Any operational changes to ways of working as a result of devolution will be properly considered and approved to ensure the organisation maintains its high level of probity.

    In addition, the Combined Authority has a local Assurance Framework which sets out transparent and robust processes to ensure value for money regarding investment decisions, and how the Combined Authority and the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) are accountable to local people. It covers all significant projects and programmes and has been prepared in accordance with national guidance. The document is updated annually and will be amended to reflect new mayoral governance arrangements. In addition, the Combined Authority will also be subject to assessments by the Government to ensure that the investments it has made have contributed to economic growth.

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    Will this stop corruption in local government departments? Will local government be more accountable? Will the new lord Mayer be more accountable?And will we have a Lord Mayer picked an ability rather than on colour as has happened in Bradford and other city's in Yorkshire?

    Colin Margerison asked about 1 month ago

    This process relates to the creation of a Metro Mayor, rather than a Lord Mayor. Metro mayors work with combined authorities to exercise powers at a regional level. Through the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, partner councils already work together to make decisions at a regional level but the public will be able to elect a mayor directly to ensure accountability for the additional powers and funding made available through devolution.

    The Mayor will be elected by the people of West Yorkshire.

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    Is there a vision/mission statement available for the public that further outlines the strategy and public benefits (beyond financial gains) for a West Yorkshire Combined Authority? Will there be a short, medium and long term plan available in the public domain (appreciating long-term maybe subject to change for unforeseen circumstances of disaster/pandemics)? How will each Council have their interests protected (i.e. decision making)? When will the breakdown of spend allocated to each district be made available for the purposes of transparency to the general public to see?

    MarkFH asked about 1 month ago

    The Combined Authority has strategies in place to grow the economy. Further details are available at this link - www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/growing-the-economy/.

    The funding secured through the devolution deal is for the whole of West Yorkshire. Funding allocations (where not specified in the deal) are still to be determined; these will be agreed by the Combined Authority, which includes elected members from each of the West Yorkshire councils. These meetings are and will continue to be held publicly.

    Decisions by the Mayor and the Combined Authority may be scrutinised by members of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee which also includes representatives from each of the councils.

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    Whilst funding has been partly addressed I still have concerns. In simple terms if the region places it's need for investment/intervention in order of magnitude it is likely that the larger authorities will occupy the top 10 with smaller authorities coming lower down the pecking order. How can you balance the funding regimes to avoid most of the meaningful money going to the larger Councils. Furthermore, how do you balance the needs of the larger authorities against the potential detriment to the surrounding ones. e.g. Solving Leeds transport problems will encourage more visitors and investment. Unfortunately many of these new visitors/investors will be at the expense of other cities giving a reduced regional net gain.

    TommyBoy asked about 1 month ago

    The funding which has been secured is for the whole of West Yorkshire. Funding allocations (where not specified in the deal) are still to be determined, these will be agreed by the Combined Authority, which includes elected members from each of the West Yorkshire councils. Decisions by the Mayor and the Combined Authority may be scrutinised by members of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee which also includes representatives from each of the councils. The Combined Authority also has a local Assurance Framework which sets out transparent and robust processes to ensure value for money regarding investment decisions, and how the Combined Authority and the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) are accountable to local people. It covers all significant projects and programmes and has been prepared in accordance with national guidance. The document is updated annually and will be amended to reflect new mayoral governance arrangements. In addition, the Combined Authority will also be subject to assessments by the Government to ensure that the investments it has made have contributed to economic growth.

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    Will there be any co-ordination with other parts of Yorkshire that border West Yorkshire in terms of infrastructure & development? For instance I live close to the North Yorkshire border and Skipton/ Craven. There needs to be some sort of co-ordination

    Keith Boothroyd asked about 1 month ago

    The Combined Authority works closely with its neighbours to coordinate and prioritise investment. The West Yorkshire devolution deal includes funding to support the work of the Yorkshire Leaders Board to further support this collaboration. The Leeds City Region Growth Deal continues to be delivered across the wider geography which includes Craven.

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    will the west yorkshire mayor replace all other mayors in the west yorkshire area . Or are you just creating another tier of government that will require funding therby increasing local taxation . I point to the parish council precept which has been shamefully hijacked by the council to icrease the council tax without any more money been spent on local projects

    neil hamilton asked about 1 month ago

    The mayor will be a metro mayor, so will not replace the current lord mayors. Metro mayors work with combined authorities to exercise powers at a regional level. Through the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, partner councils already work together to make decisions at a regional level but with devolution the public will be able to elect a mayor directly to ensure accountability for the additional powers and funding made available. As part of the devolution deal, funding has been secured to meet the additional costs of the new arrangements. The full costs are still being determined. The Mayor will have limited tax-raising powers and will be accountable to voters for that decision and how that money is spent.

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    How will this devolution help Keighley?

    Margaret Ward asked about 1 month ago

    This is a deal that guarantees long term funding that will allow us to invest in public transport, support business, improve skills and living standards across the region, while tackling the climate emergency. It will mean more of the decisions that affect our region, which are currently taken in London, will be taken here by local people who understand the region and the different places within it. And it means being at the front of the queue for future powers and funding.  The funding secured is for the whole of West Yorkshire. Funding allocations are still to be determined, these will be agreed by the Combined Authority, which includes elected members from each of the West Yorkshire councils.

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    I have completed the survey but would like to know how I can stop this pointless idea from happening at all?

    JackoLeeds asked about 1 month ago

    The current 8 week public consultation is a key part of the legal process to deliver devolution. There will not be a public vote on this issue.

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    Why doesn’t the whole of Yorkshire get a combined authority I’d rather we combine as one

    Luke A asked about 1 month ago

    We’ve made progress in convincing the Government about the benefits of working together at a Yorkshire-level, and the West Yorkshire devolution deal includes £200,000 funding to support the work of the Yorkshire Leaders Board, which will continue to meet and collaborate at a Yorkshire level. However, the Government has been clear that it did not wish to create a Mayor for Yorkshire at this time. A Mayoral Combined Authority is already in place in South Yorkshire.

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    Can any one be a mayor

    Imran asked about 1 month ago

    To be able to stand as a candidate at a mayoral election in West Yorkshire you must:

    • be at least 18 years old

    • be a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any member state of the European Union, and

    • meet at least one of the following four qualifications:

    a. You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the West Yorkshire combined authority area from the day of your nomination onwards.

    b. You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises within the West Yorkshire combined authority area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.

    c. Your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of your nomination and the day of election has been within the West Yorkshire combined authority area.

    d. You have lived in the West Yorkshire combined authority area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election. Apart from meeting the qualifications for standing for election, you must also not be disqualified.  The full range of disqualifications is complex; the Electoral Commission publishes detailed guidance for potential candidates before each election.

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    Will funds be transferred to Kirklees for them to spend or will the Mayor have the final say my reason for asking is the last batch of funding given to Kirklees was all allocated to Huddersfield and token to Dewsbury North Kirklees got nothing yet it brings in the most money in council tax. How could this be challenged in the future almost all petitions sent to Kirklees are dismissed and our MP won't get involved for us to take it to the cabinet minister for L.A.

    Carole asked about 1 month ago

    The funding secured is for the whole of West Yorkshire. Funding allocations are still to be determined; these will be agreed by the Combined Authority, which includes elected members from each of the West Yorkshire councils. Decisions by the Mayor and the Combined Authority may be scrutinised by members of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee which also includes representatives from each of the councils.

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    Will a combined West Yorkshire, make us more visible for government cash . Away from Greater Manchester or Liverpool.

    Royal tiger asked about 1 month ago

    Yes, as a Mayoral Combined Authority, West Yorkshire will have an important role and voice nationally, and will be a key partner of central government to drive regional growth and productivity, joining the existing mayoral combined authorities, (which include Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Liverpool City Region Combined Authority).

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    Is the funding for everything in Yorkshire e.g. social housing and if so will social housing be built to combat the housing crisis?

    Chloe asked about 1 month ago

    The funding secured is for the whole of West Yorkshire. Some of the funding is for specific things, for instance Adult Education. The £38m a year "gainshare" is unringfenced and can be spent on priorities as decided by the Mayor and the Combined Authority, and subject to a review each five years by Government. This could include housing.

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    Is there a strategy in placed to grow the economy of West yorkshire? Or are we just pushing for devolution for the sake of devolution. I hope we have ambition to compete with London and other areas of the econimy.

    Leeds corinthian asked about 1 month ago

    The Combined Authority and West Yorkshire Councils do have strategies in place to grow the economy. Further details are available at this link - www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/growing-the-economy/. Devolution is important to bring greater funding and powers to our region to fulfil our ambitions.

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    I am against this idea in every respect and suspect many others will be too. As a tax-payer i object to my money be used to enable yet another layer of officials to bury their snouts. Will there be a public vote for the people of West Yorkshire to decide whether this is allowed to happen please?

    CDW1 asked about 1 month ago

    The current eight-week public consultation is a key part of the legal process to deliver devolution. There will not be a public vote on the issue.

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    Who will ensure funds are not wasted on quasi political projects ?

    Annie asked about 1 month ago

    The Combined Authority has a local Assurance Framework which sets out transparent and robust processes to ensure value for money regarding investment decisions, and how the Combined Authority and the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) are accountable to local people. It covers all significant projects and programmes and has been prepared in accordance with national guidance. The document is updated annually and will be amended to reflect new mayoral governance arrangements. In addition, the Combined Authority will also be subject to assessments by the Government to ensure that the investments it has made have contributed to economic growth.

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    We have seen the added representation an active and vocal mayor can provide in other parts of the country, how would you ensure that good (as in publicly high standing and influential) mayoral candidates can be attracted to stand for election, particularly with the required cross party mindset?

    Rob S asked about 1 month ago

    We are unable to comment at this stage regarding possible mayoral candidates. Nominations can't be submitted until the notice of election has been formally published in 2021. Political parties will select their nominees and independent candidates may also come forward. Who becomes Mayor is then a matter for the electorate.

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    Is there any plans for commuter trains/trams?. Our connections to the airport could be improved. Manchester on comparison has a motorway straight there and trains that connect to their main station. Plus it be eco friendlier to have commuter trains and trams to connect the outer Leeds to the city centre including the airport

    Ike asked about 1 month ago

    As part of the devolution deal, the Government has committed to working with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to develop a mass transit system for West Yorkshire, which includes access to a £4.2bn transport fund which will be open only to mayoral combined authorities. The deal states that this could be used to explore the case for a modern, low carbon West Yorkshire mass transit system. As this funding is not yet secured it does not form part of this consultation. Separately, the Combined Authority is already working on the development of a parkway station at Leeds Bradford Airport.

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    How much will this cost and who's going to pay for it?

    ABBrittain asked about 2 months ago

    As part of the devolution deal, funding has been secured to meet the additional costs of the new arrangements. The full costs of things such as the mayoral elections are still being determined. The Mayor will have limited tax-raising powers and will be accountable to the electorate for that decision and how that money is spent.

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    As a Wakefield Council resident, how can I be assured that Wakefield Council area will get an equal share of any funding under the proposed West Yorkshire Devolution? How will funding be allocated throughout West Yorkshire?

    Philip C Howell asked about 1 month ago

    The funding secured is for the whole of West Yorkshire. Funding allocations are still to be determined, these will be agreed by the Combined Authority, which includes elected members from each of the West Yorkshire Councils.  Decisions by the Mayor and the Combined Authority may be scrutinised by members of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee which also includes representatives from each of the councils.

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    Following the initial consultation, will members of the public have be able to influence individual council decisions? Quite clear, the longevity of the process suggests that there will be continuous change across a 30 year period.

    44486 asked about 2 months ago

    We want everyone to have the opportunity to shape West Yorkshire's future and will continue to carry out regular consultation and engagement exercises. Also, by law, councils and the Combined Authority must publish a list of the key decisions they will be making, and you can influence these by making your views known to elected representatives or officers.

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    As the survey needs to be competed in one sitting, can you make the questions available to view beforehand so that people can prepare their answers before starting to complete the survey online?

    Vanessa asked about 1 month ago

    Yes, a pdf version of the survey can be downloaded via www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/4100/widgets/12711/documents/4907.