About the role of Mayor


The new Mayor of West Yorkshire will work alongside the councils in West Yorkshire (Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, and Wakefield) to make West Yorkshire an even better place to live, work, visit, do business, learn, grow up and grow old. The Mayor will be responsible for, and responsible to, 2.5million people across the region and approximately £1.8billion of investment in the region. 

The Mayor can set a new tax (alongside council tax), has the power to draw up transport plans, can compulsory purchase land for housing, deliver new skills training, investment in new projects and create a new Mayoral Development Area. The election of the Mayor will also change the way police and crime matters are overseen in West Yorkshire, with the Mayor taking on the functions of the Police and Crime Commissioner including budgeting, police strategy, and working with the Chief Constable to set the direction and holding them to account.