West Midlands Mayor Andy Street to take questions over proposed WMCA budget

Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street will be questioned about the region’s proposed budget for the coming year in a public meeting in Birmingham.

Mr Street will take questions from the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) Overview and Scrutiny Committee about its draft budget of £178.4 million for 2018/19.

This would be spent on its operational running costs, such as £114 million for Transport for West Midlands, the Mayoral office, and investment in WMCA schemes such as the £200 million being spent on cleaning up contaminated brownfield land for industrial and housing development.

The meeting will be chaired by Cllr Peter Hughes of Sandwell Council.

He said: "This is the first meeting ever where the West Midlands Combined Authority Mayor, Andy Street, will be questioned directly about the finances of the organisation and budget for 2018/19 and proposals for funding his office.

“I feel that we are acting as a voice of the people in scrutinising finances that will have a direct impact on West Midlands residents.”

The public are invited to attend the meeting but only questions posed by the committee will be permitted.

It takes place in Room 116 at the offices of the WMCA at 16 Summer Lane, Birmingham, B19 3SD between 10am-12pm on Wednesday January 24.

There is a limited number of public seats available and admission is by ticket only. Applications for tickets must be made here.

This event will also be streamed live through the WMCA Twitter account @WestMids_CA

There is no parking on the premises but pay-and-display on-street parking is available.

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