Sandwell Council has become the seventh, and final of the original local authorities in the region, to formally agree to become a member of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).
Local Councillors have been voting on proposals to join the WMCA over the past two weeks. Sandwell now joins Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton Councils, as a full constituent member of the emerging WMCA.
The parliamentary process will now begin for the Combined Authority to be established on 1st June 2016.
Councillor Bob Sleigh, Chair of the Shadow Board of the WMCA, said:
“These are exciting times as local authorities show a commitment to working together to move powers and funding from Westminster to the West Midlands. We believe that by joining forces, with additional support and input from the three Local Enterprise Partnerships and a number of district councils, we will have the ability to make the right decisions that will best serve the region as a whole.”
To find out more about the WMCA visit www.WestMidlandsCombinedAuthority.org.uk