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Leaders of the 5 West Yorkshire councils of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield have secured an ambitious devolution deal with the 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.

A consultation is being held from 25 May to 19 July on the devolution deal and proposals for a directly elected mayor. 

You can take part in the following ways:

More details can be found at www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/devolution 

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