Why West Yorkshire Combined Authority ‘gravy train’ needs stopping

From: Michael Meadowcroft, Former Liberal MP for Leeds West, Bramley, Leeds.

Thursday, 16th April 2020, 11:45 am
Ben Still (left) runs West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

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Home Secretary Priti Patel must answer scrutiny request - Tom Richmond

TOM Richmond mentions the number of people on the payroll of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority which, as he rightly states, is currently in limbo (The Yorshire Post, April 11)

It is, alas, all too easy to forget today that this shadowy, unelected body, with its panoply of services and staff, is basically the successor to the elected West Yorkshire Metropolitan County Council which, ironically, was abolished by Margaret Thatcher in 1986 supposedly to get rid of a whole tier of administration.

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All that happened was that the services previously carried out by a single, integrated, elected body, were still necessary and, consequently, a whole range of new bodies had to be invented, each with their own staff . What a nonsense!

From: Richard Reed, Harrogate.

THANK you to Tom Richmond (The Yorkshire Post, April 11) for questioning the productivity of West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Transport for the North during this lockdown.

I, too, look forward to their chief executives setting the record straight and explaining the work all their staff are doing in these unique times. Now is the time to plan for the recovery.

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