Andy Street, who was re-elected as Mayor of the West Midlands in May 2021 works with council leaders and the chairs of the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) to deliver the West Midlands’ devolution programme.
Having a West Midlands Mayor is a key part of the devolution deal struck between the WMCA and Government in 2016, giving the region and its elected politicians greater powers and control over how funding should be spent.
Mr Street will have responsibility for some of the biggest issues affecting the lives of around 2.8m people in the West Midlands.
His powers include control over long-term budgets from central government to:
- Work with business leaders to drive the region’s economic growth and recovery from Covid-19
- Improve transport
- Increase house building and regeneration across the region
- Improve skills and jobs
The Mayor will also continue to lobby Government and act as an advocate and ambassador on the global stage, championing the West Midlands and the issues that matter most to local people.
He will hold office for three years instead of a four-year term after the scheduled Mayoral election in May last year was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.