Devolution talks open in West Yorkshire

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West Yorkshire Council Leaders have opened talks with Government about further devolution of transport, housing and economic powers.

Cllr Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council, said: “This is a crucial moment in the course of English devolution and we are determined to make the most of it for the benefit of all of our residents and businesses. We are engaging with our colleagues from other councils, businesses and key partners and are open to a geography that suits our economic needs”.

Cllr Peter Box, Leader of Wakefield Council and Chairman of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority said: “We have opened discussions with Minsters about securing greater control over our economic future and believe our track record of delivering jobs and growth speaks for itself.”