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

The Productivity Commission is based on a model for radical reform of the whole skills system that will reduce unemployment, raise skills levels and make a significant contribution to raising productivity. The Commission aims to establish the true extent of the productivity challenge in the West Midlands by looking to:

  • Understand the component causes of the productivity challenge and the inter-relationships between them
  • Make recommendations as to how these individual causes can be addressed
  • Ensure appropriate plans are developed for the implementation of these recommendations and monitoring systems exist to review their effectiveness.

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has developed a Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) that aims to create 500,000 additional jobs and secure GVA 5% higher than the national average by 2030.

The delivery of current targets for jobs and economic growth is already constrained by land supply, with the pinch being felt on land for both residential and employment uses. The WMCA SEP is likely to prove an even greater stretch, and the West Midlands Combined Authority is concerned that the delivery of the WMCA SEP should not be constrained by a lack of developable land.

The role of the West Midlands Land Commission is to take a fresh look at matters affecting the West Midlands' land supply. It will consider what measures could be initiated and undertaken to ensure an improved supply of developable land which supports the growth ambitions of business, the housing needs of residents, and the future diversification of the local economy.

The Terms of Reference for the Commission can be found here.

Metro Dynamics has been appointed as strategic advisor and secretariat to the Commission.


The West Midlands Combined Authority has commissioned research in to mental health and its impact on the public sector. It is believed this commission is the first of its type in the country

The commission will consider evidence from around the West Midlands region and beyond and it will consider the experiences of real people with real mental health experiences, as well as the knowledge of professional mental health practitioners and mental health organisations.

The commission will be chaired by Norman Lamb MP, former minister of state for care and support.

The commission has identified the following key areas of enquiry:

  • Employment and housing
  • Early intervention principles
  • Criminal justice/troubled individuals
  • Role of employers
  • Primary care