Cabinet to approve next stages for devolution deal

17/03/2020, PR-9340

​An ambitious £1.8billion West Yorkshire devolution deal, the biggest ever of its kind, is set to unlock decades of significant investment for the Wakefield district.

Senior councillors at Wakefield Council will now be asked to give the green light to the proposals in order to begin the review process.

The deal, announced in last week’s Budget, will ensure that Wakefield residents benefit from improvement to transport across the district, improved skills and stronger businesses, while tackling the climate emergency. 

It will also see the creation of a West Yorkshire Mayor, to be elected in May 2021. By becoming a devolved Mayoral area, the Wakefield district is best placed to access future funding and powers.

Cllr Denise Jeffery
Cllr Denise Jeffery

​Cllr Denise Jeffery, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: “We are proud to have secured this deal for the district, our communities and our residents. It will support our city and towns to thrive, improve our local transport, give our young people the skills and opportunities they need to succeed and help our economy to grow.

“It will also give us greater decision-making powers on issues that affect our local communities, without seeking Government permission.

“We are asking Cabinet to endorse the ‘minded-to’ deal, the biggest ever of its kind, so that the next stages can begin. This includes a statutory review and public consultation.

“It’s a really exciting time for the Wakefield district and I will ensure that there is no delay in accessing all the benefits of the devolution deal immediately.” 

A public consultation is expected in the summer, following a statutory review by each Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

Members of Wakefield Council’s Cabinet are meeting on 24 March at 10.30am at Wakefield Town Hall. The meeting can be watched live or later on the Council’s website.