The Combined Authority Budget 2022/2023

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Who we are

Working in partnership we ensure that everyone in our region benefits from a strong, successful economy and a modern, accessible transport network.

2021 was a historic year as we welcomed our new Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin. Working alongside the leaders of West Yorkshire councils, the Mayor helps to make the region an even better place to live, work, visit and do business.

Separate to the Combined Authority’s role, the Mayor is also responsible for the functions previously exercised by the Police and Crime Commissioner. This includes setting out a police and crime plan and determining police and crime objectives. The role includes setting their own budget and having a separate Police and Crime budget consultation.


Our Priorities

The Mayor launched a set of pledges which we are delivering with our partners. These include keeping women and girls safe, creating well paid, skilled jobs and tackling the climate emergency.

As well as supporting the Mayors pledges, we work on your behalf to:

  • Build a strong and successful economy for everyone

  • Make sure everyone has access to a good job and great quality of life

  • Ensure the region has the modern transport network it needs to thrive

  • Ensure everyone in the region can enjoy a clean, healthy, and inclusive environment

  • Make sure we are good value for money and deliver for the region

  • Ensure the funding we receive benefits the region in tangible ways

With further devolution we could achieve even more for the region, and for you.


How we spend our money

We want West Yorkshire to be an amazing place to live, work, visit and do business with. We understand to fulfil these needs we need to spend our money wisely.

As a Combined Authority, we get our funding from:

  • Government funding:

  • Gainsharethis is the investment fund worth £38 million a year which was agreed as part of the West Yorkshire Devolution Deal. It transferred central government funding to West Yorkshire giving the Mayoral Combined Authority greater ability to prioritise investments in a way that will make a real difference to people and communities in West Yorkshire – including interventions on skills, businesses, inclusion, climate and infrastructure. The funding is known as the Combined Authority’s Single Investment Fund which is the pot of available money that funds major projects in the region.

  • Adult Education Budget – through the West Yorkshire Devolution Deal the Combined Authority took on the responsibility for the £65 million Adult Education Budget across West Yorkshire. This means the Combined Authority will be able to make sure that skills provision in West Yorkshire supports adults to develop the skills they need to enter and stay in work, or enrol in an apprenticeship, traineeship, or other learning and meets the needs of the region’s businesses.

  • AEB funding will be used to make learning more inclusive and increase the supply of skills to support key sectors, improve West Yorkshire’s resilience by identifying and delivering the skills needed for the future, and benefit the 380,000 people - or 26% of West Yorkshire’s working age population - who have low or no qualifications.

  • Sustainable Travel – known as our Transforming Cities Fund. This is a major new programme of transport infrastructure investment secured as part of the West Yorkshire Devolution Deal. The programme, which is being delivered by the Combined Authority in partnership with local authorities, will be funded through £317 million from the Department for Transport (DfT) plus local match funding up to £140 million.

  • Communities across Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield and York are set to benefit from the schemes, which include new or improved bus and rail stations, cycling and walking infrastructure, and new Park and Rides.

  • The largest portion of our annual revenue income comes from the transport levy, which our partner councils in West Yorkshire collect through Council Tax.

  • Gross revenue expenditure for 2021/2022 has increased from £100.1 million to £147.1 million: this funds discounted travel and subsidised bus services for children, young people, older people and communities, as well as travel information, bus stations, stops and shelters. It also includes new expenditure on adult education and brownfield housing for which funding was secured as part of the devolution deal.

  • The transport levy remains at the same level as last year: £92.2 million. This enables a similar level of funding to be directed to protect front line services, particularly on bus services and concessionary travel as the industry enters a recovery phase. We continue to seek to make savings across all our service areas that offset unavoidable increases in our running costs due to rising inflation and business rates.


When spending money we have a number of ways to check and balance our spending. This makes sure we are spending our funding wisely and on things that matter to the people of West Yorkshire. Many projects the Combined Authority funds have money already allocated or awarded to it. This means we have little chance to change how we spend a large proportion of the funding we get.

Any spending decision made by the Combined Authority are required to be appraised and tested by our Assurance Framework. This Framework provides Government, the Combined Authority, local partners and the public with the assurance that funding decisions are proper, transparent and deliver value for money.

The Combined Authority also has strict guidelines, frameworks and standards for standing orders.

Another way we ensure transparency in our spending is by reporting our finances to the Combined Authority and the Finance, Resource and Corporate Committee (Investment Committee). Regularly reporting our spending means we are held to account to ensure money is spent wisely.

Robust checks are in place around all funding decisions and to ensure transparency around our finances all decisions are subject to approval by the Combined Authority and the Finance, Resources and Corporate Committee. We also have three scrutiny committees in place which cover finance, corporate and economy.  

More information on our budgets and budget approval processes is available here: Governance information for the Combined Authority

When spending money, we have a set of investment priorities. These priorities must be represented in our projects as they underpin our ambitions and help us to measure our success. They are:

  1. Good Jobs and Resilient Businesses

  1. Skills and Training for People

  1. Creating Great Places and Accelerated Infrastructure

  1. Tackling the Climate Emergency and Environmental Sustainability

  1. Future Transport

  1. Culture and Creative Industries


What we spend our money on

In 2020/2021 we spent a total of £38 million on:

  • Improving skills (through the Employment Hub and ReBoot courses) - £13.5m

  • Local Authority Cultural Recovery, which includes funding to maximise creative business potential - £5m

  • West Yorkshire Economic Recovery Plan - £7m

  • Getting Mayoral Combined Authority Ready - £3m

  • Transforming Cities Fund - £9.5m

Future plans

An additional £3.5 million in funding has been allocated to support the Mayoral pledges, these include:

  • Bus Reform - £1m

  • Culture and Creative - £0.5m

  • Skills - £0.5m

  • Fair Work Charter - £0.6m (over three years)

  • Inclusivity Champion - £0.4m (over three years)

  • Supporting Business - £0.5m

The Mayor has the opportunity to introduce a Mayoral precept on West Yorkshire council tax bills. This has been ruled out, as we cannot expect our communities to pay more after the economic impact of the pandemic.

We are always looking at new funding avenues to improve our services. In the coming year, we will be looking at more funding for our bus services, clarity about funding for the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership and funding to support West Yorkshire’s economic recovery.

A separate survey is open on the Police Budget for 2022/23 - this asks the public whether they would support raising the police element of the local council tax, called the 'precept', to enable further recruitment of police officers and staff to keep communities safe. More information is available here: West Yorkshire Mayor wants your views on the Police budget


How to have your say

Have any thoughts about our budget? You can get involved and share your thoughts by:

  • Asking a question using our Q&A function

  • Tagging us on social media via #TellTracy






Who we are

Working in partnership we ensure that everyone in our region benefits from a strong, successful economy and a modern, accessible transport network.

2021 was a historic year as we welcomed our new Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin. Working alongside the leaders of West Yorkshire councils, the Mayor helps to make the region an even better place to live, work, visit and do business.

Separate to the Combined Authority’s role, the Mayor is also responsible for the functions previously exercised by the Police and Crime Commissioner. This includes setting out a police and crime plan and determining police and crime objectives. The role includes setting their own budget and having a separate Police and Crime budget consultation.


Our Priorities

The Mayor launched a set of pledges which we are delivering with our partners. These include keeping women and girls safe, creating well paid, skilled jobs and tackling the climate emergency.

As well as supporting the Mayors pledges, we work on your behalf to:

  • Build a strong and successful economy for everyone

  • Make sure everyone has access to a good job and great quality of life

  • Ensure the region has the modern transport network it needs to thrive

  • Ensure everyone in the region can enjoy a clean, healthy, and inclusive environment

  • Make sure we are good value for money and deliver for the region

  • Ensure the funding we receive benefits the region in tangible ways

With further devolution we could achieve even more for the region, and for you.


How we spend our money

We want West Yorkshire to be an amazing place to live, work, visit and do business with. We understand to fulfil these needs we need to spend our money wisely.

As a Combined Authority, we get our funding from:

  • Government funding:

  • Gainsharethis is the investment fund worth £38 million a year which was agreed as part of the West Yorkshire Devolution Deal. It transferred central government funding to West Yorkshire giving the Mayoral Combined Authority greater ability to prioritise investments in a way that will make a real difference to people and communities in West Yorkshire – including interventions on skills, businesses, inclusion, climate and infrastructure. The funding is known as the Combined Authority’s Single Investment Fund which is the pot of available money that funds major projects in the region.

  • Adult Education Budget – through the West Yorkshire Devolution Deal the Combined Authority took on the responsibility for the £65 million Adult Education Budget across West Yorkshire. This means the Combined Authority will be able to make sure that skills provision in West Yorkshire supports adults to develop the skills they need to enter and stay in work, or enrol in an apprenticeship, traineeship, or other learning and meets the needs of the region’s businesses.

  • AEB funding will be used to make learning more inclusive and increase the supply of skills to support key sectors, improve West Yorkshire’s resilience by identifying and delivering the skills needed for the future, and benefit the 380,000 people - or 26% of West Yorkshire’s working age population - who have low or no qualifications.

  • Sustainable Travel – known as our Transforming Cities Fund. This is a major new programme of transport infrastructure investment secured as part of the West Yorkshire Devolution Deal. The programme, which is being delivered by the Combined Authority in partnership with local authorities, will be funded through £317 million from the Department for Transport (DfT) plus local match funding up to £140 million.

  • Communities across Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield and York are set to benefit from the schemes, which include new or improved bus and rail stations, cycling and walking infrastructure, and new Park and Rides.

  • The largest portion of our annual revenue income comes from the transport levy, which our partner councils in West Yorkshire collect through Council Tax.

  • Gross revenue expenditure for 2021/2022 has increased from £100.1 million to £147.1 million: this funds discounted travel and subsidised bus services for children, young people, older people and communities, as well as travel information, bus stations, stops and shelters. It also includes new expenditure on adult education and brownfield housing for which funding was secured as part of the devolution deal.

  • The transport levy remains at the same level as last year: £92.2 million. This enables a similar level of funding to be directed to protect front line services, particularly on bus services and concessionary travel as the industry enters a recovery phase. We continue to seek to make savings across all our service areas that offset unavoidable increases in our running costs due to rising inflation and business rates.


When spending money we have a number of ways to check and balance our spending. This makes sure we are spending our funding wisely and on things that matter to the people of West Yorkshire. Many projects the Combined Authority funds have money already allocated or awarded to it. This means we have little chance to change how we spend a large proportion of the funding we get.

Any spending decision made by the Combined Authority are required to be appraised and tested by our Assurance Framework. This Framework provides Government, the Combined Authority, local partners and the public with the assurance that funding decisions are proper, transparent and deliver value for money.

The Combined Authority also has strict guidelines, frameworks and standards for standing orders.

Another way we ensure transparency in our spending is by reporting our finances to the Combined Authority and the Finance, Resource and Corporate Committee (Investment Committee). Regularly reporting our spending means we are held to account to ensure money is spent wisely.

Robust checks are in place around all funding decisions and to ensure transparency around our finances all decisions are subject to approval by the Combined Authority and the Finance, Resources and Corporate Committee. We also have three scrutiny committees in place which cover finance, corporate and economy.  

More information on our budgets and budget approval processes is available here: Governance information for the Combined Authority

When spending money, we have a set of investment priorities. These priorities must be represented in our projects as they underpin our ambitions and help us to measure our success. They are:

  1. Good Jobs and Resilient Businesses

  1. Skills and Training for People

  1. Creating Great Places and Accelerated Infrastructure

  1. Tackling the Climate Emergency and Environmental Sustainability

  1. Future Transport

  1. Culture and Creative Industries


What we spend our money on

In 2020/2021 we spent a total of £38 million on:

  • Improving skills (through the Employment Hub and ReBoot courses) - £13.5m

  • Local Authority Cultural Recovery, which includes funding to maximise creative business potential - £5m

  • West Yorkshire Economic Recovery Plan - £7m

  • Getting Mayoral Combined Authority Ready - £3m

  • Transforming Cities Fund - £9.5m

Future plans

An additional £3.5 million in funding has been allocated to support the Mayoral pledges, these include:

  • Bus Reform - £1m

  • Culture and Creative - £0.5m

  • Skills - £0.5m

  • Fair Work Charter - £0.6m (over three years)

  • Inclusivity Champion - £0.4m (over three years)

  • Supporting Business - £0.5m

The Mayor has the opportunity to introduce a Mayoral precept on West Yorkshire council tax bills. This has been ruled out, as we cannot expect our communities to pay more after the economic impact of the pandemic.

We are always looking at new funding avenues to improve our services. In the coming year, we will be looking at more funding for our bus services, clarity about funding for the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership and funding to support West Yorkshire’s economic recovery.

A separate survey is open on the Police Budget for 2022/23 - this asks the public whether they would support raising the police element of the local council tax, called the 'precept', to enable further recruitment of police officers and staff to keep communities safe. More information is available here: West Yorkshire Mayor wants your views on the Police budget


How to have your say

Have any thoughts about our budget? You can get involved and share your thoughts by:

  • Asking a question using our Q&A function

  • Tagging us on social media via #TellTracy




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    Much is being made of "sustainable travel", "future travel", "tackling the climate emergency" and claiming to "Ensure everyone in the region can enjoy a clean, healthy, and inclusive environment". How exactly does the funding of development projects fit into these claims; such as the Bradford Canal Road widening (in order to increase traffic by at least double, so that green space in the Aire and Wharfe valleys can be "unlocked" for development); and awarding Keepmoat homes over £4 million of taxpayers money to destroy habitats and build houses for profit on previously undeveloped urban green fields and woodland in "New" Bolton Woods.

    Dptaylor asked 9 days ago

    Thank you for your question. The Combined Authority is involved in a number of different projects across West Yorkshire. We acknowledge that, in some instances, there can be a difficult trade-off between the economic benefit that our investment brings to the region, and ensuring that everyone in the region can enjoy a clean, healthy, and inclusive environment as well as reducing carbon emissions to meet our 2038 net-zero carbon targets. These issues are considered through our assurance processes.


    All the schemes that the Combined Authority funds or part funds are also subject to our Assurance Framework. This means that all projects must go through a number of decision stages that must be approved by the Combined Authority through our Capital Spending and Project Approval reports, which includes a section on the environmental impacts under the Tackling the Climate Emergency section. These are all published as scheme summary business cases, and can be found on our website


    We are currently developing a new Carbon Impact Assessment methodology so that we can further examine the carbon impacts of schemes both in terms of operational carbon, and carbon associated with construction. This is an important step in helping us and our partners to understand more clearly the potential impact of proposals on carbon emissions, both positive and negative, and is expected to be a significant improvement on current methodologies.


    In addition, the majority of schemes on our highway network and regeneration schemes are delivered by our District partners who also hold the planning powers for schemes that require statutory approval. As promoters of these schemes, it is the respective local authority who undertake the detailed design work and assessment of their impacts.

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    I won’t use public transport in Yorkshire because of the taking of transport passes from the over sixties, the raising of the retirement age for women and men was theft, will the decision be looked at again.

    mickyfish60 asked 12 days ago

    Thank you for your question. We understand your frustrations at the retirement age and transport passes.


    The English National Concessionary Travel Scheme determines the criteria for bus passes. This includes passes relating to age and disability criteria. 


    We do have some power to introduce extra concessions for passes provided in West Yorkshire. But this is something we would have to reimburse operators for, and central government do not provide any extra funding to cover the costs. 


    We do regularly review our concessionary travel scheme and the possible enhancements we could introduce. But at the moment, there are no plans to introduce a 60+ free travel pass.

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    Where can I see a copy of the Authority’s Investment Strategy? What I am looking for is the Authority’s response to paragraph 18 of “Statutory Guidance on Local Government Investments” (3rd Edition) as issued under section 15(1)(a) of the Local Government Act 2003 and effective for financial years commencing on or after 1 April 2018.

    Preacherman Paul asked 10 days ago

    Thank you for your question. 


    Our Investment Strategy was last discussed at West Yorkshire Combined Authority meeting on 24th June 2021.


    You can find the agenda papers online or through this link - West Yorkshire Combined Authority papers


    You will find the Investment Strategy on pages 521 - 527.  

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    How much of the budget has been spent on propaganda, such as composing and promoting this "Combined Authority Budget 2022/2023" webpage?

    Dptaylor asked 9 days ago

    Thank you for your question. The cost for this engagement opportunity has been kept to a minimum as we were able to do the majority of the work in-house through our design team and consultation and engagement team. We had support with the video, which was procured through our strict guidelines, and was deemed value for money as it allowed us to share our budget plans with the people of West Yorkshire. However, everything else was done by staff members at the Combined Authority to save costs. 


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    Why, in this age of unprecedented stress, costs and pressures on ordinary households, do we have to pay even higher taxes to fund another layer of bureaucracy and pay the wages of even more politicians and civil servants? Especially when the only beneficiaries ever seem to be house builders, road builders, big business and the bureaucrats themselves?

    Dptaylor asked 9 days ago

    Thank you for your question. We understand your frustrations around paying higher taxes when the cost of living is rising. Your local council will set the council tax for your area, this is something the Combined Authority is unable to change. The Mayor of West Yorkshire does have the opportunity to raise a Mayoral precept on council bills in West Yorkshire, due to the cost of living crisis the Mayor has decided not to raise a precept for this financial year.

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    I would like to see more policing on the streets around late evening into the night, on foot. Also more spend on the smaller towns on there high street to help the economy .

    Mark Jennings asked 9 days ago

    Thank you for getting in touch. We will make a note of your comments. 


    We have a separate Police and Crime Budget engagement where you can share your ideas about policing. You can find information about it here - West Yorkshire Mayor wants your views on the Police Budget

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    What is the financial breakdown of the budget for 2022-2023

    Amanda Martinrichards asked 8 days ago

    Thank you for your question. As we are still engaging with the public about our budget for 2022-2023, the final breakdown has not been decided upon. 


    We published a more detailed breakdown of our budget considerations to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority meeting on 9th December 2021.


    You can find the agenda papers here - West Yorkshire Combined Authority paper


    Our proposed budget can be found on pages 93 - 108.

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    What is the closing date for this consultation?

    Horbury Civic Society asked 10 days ago

    Thank you for your question. The closing date for feedback about our Budget 2022/2023 is Wednesday 26th January 2022.

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