What is Devolution?

How can the West Midlands use its new powers? Watch the video below for more information.

More on devolution here.

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We are the eighteen local authorities and four 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.

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Historically, the West Midlands was the “workshop of the world”. Now our challenge is to create jobs, enhance skills, develop prosperity and drive economic growth.

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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.

Latest news

25/05/2017 - Digital tech industries to add £2 billion to region’s economy

Report shows how a growing and increasingly innovative technology sector will create 14,000 jobs across the West Midland…

12/05/2017 - New Mayor and combined authority back bid to host Commonwealth Games

Birmingham's bid to bring the 2022 Games to the region has been given an emphatic endorsement by the WMCA

05/05/2017 - Historic vote sees Andy Street elected first West Midlands Mayor

Conservative candidate wins a three year term as Mayor and will also chair the West Midlands Combined Authority.


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Some 800 people joined us and partners Kaleidoscope Group Plus and Legal & General for the first West Midlands Walking Out Of Darkness.

Campaigners Jonny Benjamin and Neil Laybourn compered the event, with inspirational speakers including Clarke Carlisle, chair of Kaleidoscope Plus Group, and Steve Gilbert, living experience consultant to our Mental Health Commission’s Thrive programme.

The walk followed a route along Birmingham’s canal towpaths, and culminated in a festival of mental health and wellbeing at Cannon Hill Park, with a showcase of services and support networks.



The commissions' desired outcome is to create a blueprint that can deliver economic, social and public sector reform for the West Midlands and also a blueprint for change that may be used elsewhere in the country.


Our commissions cover Mental Health, Land and Productivity. Find out more about them here.




Strategic Economic Plan

We’re determined to make our mark, so that by 2030 the West Midlands is the best region in the UK to do business.

Find out how our Strategic Economic Plan will help us do this – and improve the quality of life of everyone who lives and works in the West Midlands.