As you may know we have been working with neighbouring councils over the last year to develop plans for closer co-operation between us on our shared goals. The government will shortly be formally considering whether it is appropriate and in the region’s best interests to establish a West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA). Parliament will be asked to approve it so that it can be set up in the summer.
Ahead of this we are consulting on the ‘Scheme’ document which describes the role and functions of the proposed Combined Authority. This consultation will run from 18 January 2016 to 8 February 2016..
There is a short survey and further information on the West Midlands Combined Authority website and we would welcome your feedback and any additional comments that you would like to make.
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 our locally elected politicians who know this region best.
Please do take the time to have your say by visiting the front page of the WMCA website at: www.westmidlandscombinedauthority.org.uk
Councillor John Clancy (Leader of Birmingham City Council)
WMCA News Release
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, 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 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.”