Authority to seek further funds from £1.8bn devolution deal

Approval for a further tranche of funding from the Government’s £1.8bn West Yorkshire devolution deal will be discussed at the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s first meeting of this year.

The funds will enable the authority to make further progress on developing the region’s economy, transforming transport networks, and tackling the climate emergency. 

The details of its 2022/23 budget and business plan will also be discussed at the Combined Authority’s meeting on 3 February.

The annual £38m ‘Gainshare’ funding provided by Government will be used to build on work already done and continue delivering the Mayor of West Yorkshire’s pledges. These include: 

  • Creation of 1,000 skilled jobs and growing the economy
  • Gaining more local control of bus services to radically improve the passenger experience
  • The construction of 5,000 new sustainable homes.
  • Tackling the climate emergency.
  • A creative new deal for cultural industries in the region.

Initial funding has been secured to support each of the Mayoral pledges and work has begun to deliver them.

This includes the creation of a Green Jobs Taskforce which oversees the delivery of 1,000 “Green Jobs” in West Yorkshire, a £6m package of support for entrepreneurship and £500,000 of development funding for culture and the creative industries. 

Also included are the launch of the region’s inclusive growth framework and the development of a Fair Work Charter for West Yorkshire, the launch of the region’s Bus Service Improvement Plan and securing £830m from Government for sustainable transport through City Regional Sustainable Transport Settlement.