The Leeds City Region
comprises the 10 local authority districts of Barnsley, Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield, and York, which reflects the true area of how the economy of Leeds and the other cities, towns and rural areas in the city region functions; for example, 95% of people who live in the city region also work in the city region.
A City Region Partnership comprising the councils of each of the 10 districts, plus North Yorkshire County Council (who has strategic responsibilities in three of the districts), was set up in 2004, and since then have been working together to look at how policy and delivery at this broad area level can be changed to improve economic growth and competitiveness.
On the 1st April 2007 the Partnership became the City Region Leaders' Board, which is constituted as a Joint Committee. The Board comprises of the Leaders of each of the eleven constituent authorities, and has the remit of 'Promoting the economic wellbeing of the Leeds City Region.' The Board will provide the political accountability and 'voice' of the City Region.