The emerging West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is consulting on its proposed role and functions. A survey is on the WMCA website from today (18 January) until 08 February and people are encouraged to take part and leave feedback.
The survey into the ‘Scheme’ document, which was submitted to ministers in October, will help inform the government’s decision on whether it is appropriate and in the region’s best interests to formally establish a Combined Authority (WMCA) ahead of Parliament being asked to approve it.
Councillor Bob Sleigh, Leader of Solihull Council and Chair of the WMCA’s Shadow Board, said:
“As Council Leader I believe that by working together with other authorities we have a tremendous opportunity to move powers from Whitehall to the West Midlands and to our locally elected politicians who know this region best.
“Furthermore the establishment of a combined authority will allow us to work together on the issues that really matter to the people and the businesses in the West Midlands; growth, jobs, skills, transport and homes.”
The West Midlands Combined Authority is based on the geography of the three Local Enterprise Partnerships which cover the Black Country, Coventry and Warwickshire and Greater Birmingham and Solihull. The WMCA is being led by the seven metropolitan councils: Birmingham, Dudley Sandwell , Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton.
The website is: http://www.westmidlandscombinedauthority.org.uk/