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Black Country LEP makes way for new West Midlands Combined Authority Mayor

On 4 May there will be a huge shift in the way the West Midlands is run.

Local people across the West Midlands will have the power to vote for a brand new Combined Authority Mayor to take control of the region.

The Black Country LEP is backing the Government’s transfer of powers to the new mayor so they can create jobs, improve skills, build homes and make it easier to travel in the West Midlands.

Devolution spreads to West Midlands

Devolution deals are putting power in the hands of local people. By helping communities take control of decisions that matter to them, Combined Authority Mayors will be accountable to the people they serve.

These Mayors are part of the Government’s approach to creating strong city regions across the country as we create an economy for everyone.

This new devolution deal was agreed with councils in the West Midlands on 17 November 2015 and means the area will receive:

  • control of a new additional £36.5 million a year funding allocation over 30 years, to be invested to drive growth.
  • responsibility for chairing area-based reviews of 16+ skills provision, and devolved 19+ adult skills funding from 2018/19
  • joint responsibility with the government to co-design employment support for the hardest-to-help claimants
  • responsibility to work with the government to develop and implement a devolved approach to the delivery of business support programmes from 2017 and deliver more integrated working together on investment and trade.

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