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West Midlands Combined Authority
The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) consists of the twelve local authorities and three Local Enterprise Partnerships working together to move powers from Whitehall to the West Midlands and our locally elected politicians, who know this region best. Individual councils will still deliver services and retain their identity but on the big decisions we will have the resources to work together.
Historically, the West Midlands was the “workshop of the world”.
Now the challenge is to become the engine of the British economy, driving jobs, prosperity and economic growth. The ambition for the West Midlands is to help rebalance the UK economy, closing the £16bn output gap, and leading the Midlands Engine.
In order to do this the WMCA needs to work together across geographic boundaries and sectors. The Leaders of the seven metropolitan councils of the West Midlands believe a Combined Authority – where every council works in equal partnership alongside our Local Enterprise Partnerships – will establish a robust framework which will deliver the co-ordinated decision-making needed for modern economic governance.
The agreement with government will see it make an annual contribution worth £40 million for 30 years to support an overall investment package that will unlock £8 billion, alongside the creation of up to half a million jobs.
For further information, please visit https://westmidlandscombinedauthority.org.uk