The election of a Mayor of the West Midlands was a key requirement of the devolution deal agreed between the region and Government.
The first West Midlands Mayor was elected on 4 May 2017. Serving an initial three-year term the Mayor works with council leaders and the chairs of the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) to deliver the West Midlands’ devolution programme.
A key part of the Mayors role is to act as an advocate and global ambassador for the West Midlands and to chair the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).
The Mayor has specific areas of responsibility including local transport and the region’s housing agenda. In addition they can raise a precept and, and with the agreement of the relevant LEP, a business rate supplement.
West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA)
The WMCA is led by the Mayor and the leaders of the seven constituent local authorities, whom have full voting rights. The leadership also includes the chairs of the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) which are business-led organisations who help build relationships between businesses and local authorities. Non-constituent authorities, which include the LEPs and ten local councils from across the wider West Midlands region, have reduced voting rights but play a crucial role at board level, helping to inform policy and drive forward the WMCA agenda.
Elected members and officers lead on key policy portfolio areas, working in partnership with LEP colleagues. There are also observer organisations who include other councils, LEPs and bodies awaiting non-constituent membership, as well as non-voting observers.
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