Latest Public Sector News


WMCA opens consultation on mayoral powers

The newly formed West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is seeking submissions for a consultation to define the scope of its powers.

The devolved body, which combines Sandwell, Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton councils under the leadership of an elected mayor, was officially launched on 17 June after a week’s delay due to a last-minute objection by a local MP.

The consultation is intended to survey businesses, community groups and residents of the region to get their feedback in developing the Mayoral WMCA Functions Scheme, which lays out how the Mayor and the WMCA board will work together to make decisions.

Cllr Bob Sleigh, chair of the WMCA, said that the WMCA had accepted an elected mayor because of the significance of the deal, which is expected to bring £36.5m a year to the region for the next 30 years, to the region’s economy.

He added: “The idea of a mayor for the WMCA area is to provide a strong voice for the region. They would also be an ambassador for the area, selling it on the global stage. They would be the point of contact when the government want to speak to ‘the West Midlands’ and be responsible for driving the devolution agreement within government and the region.

“The detail in the functions scheme should demonstrate that we have given much thought to how a Mayoral WMCA will work effectively to deliver the devolution agreement.”

The latest edition of PSE features an article by Martin Reeves, CEO of the WMCA and Coventry City Council, on the future of the devolution deal.

A Public Accounts Committee report, published on Friday, warned that the devolution process is still ‘unclear and inconsistent’, which could affect the mayoral elections due to take place in May 2017.

The consultation is open until 21 August. To take part, click here.

(Image c. Steve N)

Have you got a story to tell? Would you like to become a PSE columnist? If so, click here.


There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment


public sector executive tv

more videos >

last word

Prevention: Investing for the future

Prevention: Investing for the future

Rob Whiteman, CEO at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPFA), discusses the benefits of long-term preventative investment. Rising demand, reducing resource – this has been the r more > more last word articles >

public sector focus

View all News


Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Bei... more >
How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

19/06/2019How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

Tom Chance, director at the National Community Land Trust Network, argues t... more >


Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

17/12/2018Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

It’s no secret that the public sector and its service providers need ... more >