Cabinet to approve next stages for devolution deal
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.
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
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.
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
“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.”
consultation is expected in the summer, following a statutory review by each
Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.
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.