thority, said: “With 95 per cent of decisions that affect our citizens being taken outside our local areas, the case for devolution is unarguable.
“We are confident that by securing a comprehensive devolution deal, we can do better than Whitehall, growing our economy and addressing the issues of productivity facing the UK economy.”
But the proposals have been met with a cautious response from council leaders in North Yorkshire who were hoping for a deal that extended across Yorkshire.
Harrogate Council leader Richard Cooper confirmed the authority had received West Yorkshire’s invitation.
He said: “We are looking at all options. Our preferred option is still a much wider Yorkshire model which we think has the brand and international reputation that will serve the people of Yorkshire much better.
“We are examining the options and in due course the full council will have a free vote.”
Richard Foster, leader of Craven District Council, said: “I still would prefer the greater Yorkshire model but I understand the reason behind this bid. For Craven to sign up to anything I would need the backing of the Full Council. North Yorkshire would also have to pass our strategic transport function to the Leeds City region. Without their willingness to do this then we will struggle to join this.
York Council leader Chris Steward also confirmed the invitation had been received.
If the four North Yorkshire authorities reject the proposals, a West Yorkshire plan will be submitted to the Government.
Halifax MP Holly Lynch said: “The boundaries for a devolved area need to make geographical sense. I can see the advantages to including areas of North Yorkshire but the bigger the area, the harder it could become to establish priorities and keep the issues that mat- ter to Calderdale high up on the agenda.
“I will be working with Calderdale council and my colleagues in Westminster to make sure that we capitalise on the opportunities that devolution might bring, but will not let the Government get away with using devolution as a means of ‘passing the buck’ for all the cuts coming our way.”
Paul Rogan, chair of UKIP Calder Valley branch, said residents outside of Leeds do not feel part of the Leeds region