Wakefield to back next steps in devolution deal
Wakefield Council’s key decision makers are set to agree the next steps as part of the £1.8billion West Yorkshire devolution deal.
The Council’s Cabinet are to consider the next steps in the deal, the biggest ever of its kind, which is set to unlock significant investment for the district.
In March, the West Yorkshire ‘minded-to’ deal was announced. A draft scheme has now been prepared by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and senior councillors are being asked to consider the scheme and approve a public consultation into the proposals.
If approved by all the West Yorkshire Councils that form the deal, a public consultation will be launched later this month for eight weeks.
Cllr Denise Jeffery, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: “We are proud to bring this deal to Wakefield, giving us greater decision-making powers on real issues that affect our residents and communities. And I will ensure that there is no delay in accessing all the benefits that this deal provides.
“As part of the next steps, a public consultation will take place to make sure that this deal really is fit for purpose. We will keep you updated on when and how you can take part.
“This really is good news for Wakefield. Now, more than ever, we need to come together to make sure we have the powers needed to support our city and towns and help our economy to grow.”
The devolution deal gives greater decision-making powers to Councils on issues that affect local communities, without seeking Government permission. It 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.
The plans will be discussed by Wakefield Council’s Cabinet on Tuesday 19 May at 10.30am. The meeting can be watched live or later on the Council’s website.