Tracy Brabin wins first-ever West Yorkshire mayoral election

On 9 May Tracy Brabin was elected the first Mayor of West Yorkshire. With specific powers on transport, housing, regeneration, finance and policing, the Mayor will work with the Mayoral Combined Authority, council leaders, business representatives and partners for the benefit of the region. The Labour candidate was declared winner of the county’s history-making mayoral…

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Planning application submitted and funding pledged for flood defence measures in west Leeds and Apperley Bridge, Bradford

Ambitious proposals to reduce flood risk in the River Aire catchment have been submitted to Leeds City Council and Bradford Council. The multi-million pound plans, developed by Leeds City Council, Bradford Council and Environment Agency, include a new flood storage area between Horsforth and Rawdon and flood defences at Apperley Bridge. The proposals are…

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Budget proposals for next financial year announced

Early budget proposals for 2021/22 presented to Leeds City Council’s executive board next week detail efforts to address a £119m deficit, but the tough decisions presented won’t be finalised until February. The funding gap for the next financial year was first reported to the board in September through a medium term financial plan. Thanks…

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Leeds pupils take part in 200 mile Yorkshire cycle relay

Leeds pupils have taken part in the 2019 Schools Yorkshire Tour this week, a 200-mile cycle relay which aims to encourage more pupils to cycle to school and improve cycle skills. Pupils from various schools across the city have been transporting the baton from school to school, starting at Guiseley Primary School in the…

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Employment Hub launched in Leeds City Region

A new Employment Hub has launched as part of Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership’s (the LEP) commitment to address current and future skills shortages in the region. The free programme will engage over 6,000 young people over three years, with support to get them into further learning, self-employment, employment or an apprenticeship. The free…

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Expanded North and West Yorkshire business rates pilot scheme approved

A combined bid by local authorities across North and West Yorkshire to retain most of its business rates growth to invest locally has been approved by the government. The successful bid to create the North and West Yorkshire Business Rates Pool will mean that the existing business rates pool partners of Bradford, Calderdale, Harrogate,…

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A bumper summer of cycling

Record numbers have been making the most of the summer weather on Bradford and Leeds cycling infrastructure, which was either built or improved as part of West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s £60m CityConnect programme aimed at encouraging more people to cycle and walk. Between May and July, almost 120,000 trips were made on the award-winning…

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