Bradford City MBC leader Susan Hinchcliffe has been elected the new chair of West Yorkshire Combined Authority and vowed to “work with colleagues across Yorkshire” to secure a “meaningful devolution deal” for the region.
Cllr Hinchcliffe takes over from Peter Box, leader of Wakefield MDC, who has stepped down from the role following his appointment as chair of the Key Cities group.
After praising Cllr Box for his leadership over the last three years Cllr Hinchcliffe said: “My aim as the incoming chair is to build on this partnership progress and to realise the full extent of our shared vision for a strong, successful and socially inclusive economy.
“This will require a meaningful devolution deal with government that would see our region treated the same as the rest of the country.
“We will continue to be pragmatic and flexible with government, and prepared to work with colleagues across Yorkshire to advance a deal that will bring more investment into our region and ensure decisions are taken in the best interests of the people and communities we serve. We aim for a resolution with government before the end of 2017.”
LGC previously reported how 17 of the 20 council leaders from across Yorkshire met last week to discuss negotiating a potential devolution deal with a single mayor overseeing the whole county.
However, the leaders of Sheffield City Council, Rotherham MBC, and Wakefield did not attend the meeting.
Sheffield and Rotherham are still wedded to the deal already agreed with government for the Sheffield City Region, which also includes Barnsley MBC and Doncaster MBC. However, representatives from the latter two councils are using the summer months to explore the possibilities around a potential Yorkshire-wide agreement.