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West Yorkshire mayor to appoint inclusivity champion to address inequalities across the region

The appointment of an inclusivity champion forms part of the Mayor's ten pledges that she announced when running for office.

The Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin, will appoint an inclusivity champion to address inequalities across a range of health and economic issues next week.

West Yorkshire Mayor, Tracy Brabin. 

Creating the role of an inclusivity champion was one of the Mayor’s ten pledges to the people of West Yorkshire when she was elected in May 2021. 

A report prepared ahead of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Finance, Resources and Corporate Committee sets out how the appointment will be crucial to ensuring all communities benefit from the economic recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic. 

They will contribute towards narrowing the gaps on a diverse range of issues such as life expectancy, employment and mental health wellbeing. 

Tracy Brabin, The Mayor of West Yorkshire, said: “It is a scandal that life expectancy in parts of our region is lower than the national average and that we also have a higher proportion of people suffering from mental health problems. 

“As Mayor, I am determined to address years of underinvestment in our communities and make sure that we make tangible progress towards narrowing those ingrained inequalities. 

“The inclusivity champion will be responsible for ensuring that as we recover from the impact of the recent pandemic, we do so in a fair and just way which benefits all parts of our diverse and wonderful region.” 

“As Mayor, I am determined to address years of underinvestment in our communities and make sure that we make tangible progress towards narrowing those ingrained inequalities” – Mayor Brabin.

The Committee is due to meet at the Combined Authority’s head office at Wellington House in Leeds on Wednesday, 8 June.

Also on the agenda is an update on a Transforming Cities Fund programme of works along the A638 between Dewsbury and Cleckheaton. 

The scheme will see a number of improvements to make it easier for people to walk and cycle as well as improving journey times for public transport. 

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