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Devolution deal signed for West Yorkshire

Words: Laura Edgar
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Regional growth and local government minister Luke Hall has signed an order that brings into law a devolution deal for West Yorkshire.

This means that the region can establish a combined authority and elect a mayor.

The mayor will oversee an annual budget of £38 million alongside new powers over transport, education, housing and regeneration – and will also become the region's police and crime commissioner. The authority will also control the dual education budget.

Hall said the deal “will deliver real benefits to Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield, putting decision-making in the hands of these communities, driving the regional economy and creating new jobs for local people”.

In a joint statement, West Yorkshire’s five council leaders, Susan Hinchcliffe (Bradford), Tim Swift (Calderdale), Shabir Pandor (Kirklees), Judith Blake (Leeds) and Denise Jeffery (Wakefield), said: “Devolution will help unleash our region’s full potential and in doing so raise living standards for our communities and help us make a full contribution to the UK economy. It is a crucial step in ensuring that issues that really matter to the people of West Yorkshire are prioritised, including our recovery from Covid-19, through greater local investment and decision-making powers."

The order came into force on 30 January.

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