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Plans for West Midlands Combined Authority

Tue, 11/08/2015

West Midlands Combined Authority proposal

Combined authorities are legal bodies with powers of decision making granted by parliament that are a new way for local authorities to work together on key strategic functions that cross geographic council boundaries and that could be more effectively delivered together rather than separately. Examples include transport, regeneration and skills.

The proposed West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) now has a website and a Twitter account, @WestMids_CA

The WMCA website currently includes:

Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton have an agreement in principle that they want to form a combined authority.

As an initial step, all seven West Midlands authorities are co-commissioning a piece of work which will look to define what is the ‘functioning economic area’ and how the area performs compared to the rest of the country.

Throughout August they are engaging on the Governance Review, which will be submitted to Government in October 2015.

An information paper about the development of the Combined Authority can be found here.

They would like to hear what you think about their proposals. Feedback will be collated through or by writing to them at:

Combined Authority Programme Team
First Floor, The Civic Centre
St. Peters Square
West Midlands

Alternatively if you want to share your thoughts with your locally elected members you are welcome to use the usual council channels.