MP TRACY Brabin has described the announcement of a West Yorkshire devolution deal as a “victory for the North”.
Last Wednesday, in his first budget as Chancellor, Rishi Sunak announced the county will be able to appoint a metropolitan mayor in 2021.
West Yorkshire will now have control over how public money, totalling £1.8billion, is spent in areas such as housing, transport, culture and regeneration.
The deal includes £38million every year – for the next 30 years – being put into the West Yorkshire Investment Fund to be spent on local priorities.
Around £317million will be available to spend on public transport, cycling and walking routes and improvements, and £3.2million will be allocated for new housing across the county.
West Yorkshire will also receive £25million to create a British Library North and will gain control of the Adult Education Budget, worth £63m per year.
And the government has also committed to work with West Yorkshire to develop a modern mass transit system.
Tracy Brabin (Lab, Batley & Spen) said: “This deal has been a long time coming.
“Its inclusion in the Budget is testament to the hard work everyone in West Yorkshire has put in since 2015 to make this vision a reality.
“It was so important we got devolution, so money could be spent where we know it’s needed most.
“We can now sort out our bus services, build much-needed houses and address the problems unique to our county, and finally get our mass transit system moving so people can get around more easily.”