The election of a Mayor of the West Midlands was a key requirement of the devolution deal agreed between the region and Government.
On 4 May 2017, Andy Street was elected to serve an initial three-year term as Mayor, working with council leaders and the chairs of the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) to deliver the West Midlands’ devolution programme.
A key part of Andy's role is to act as an advocate and global ambassador for the West Midlands and to chair the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).
The Mayor has specific areas of responsibility including local transport and the region's ‘more and better homes’ agenda. From 2018-19, the Mayor will also have the ability to raise a precept and, with the agreement of the relevant LEP, a business rate supplement.
As the devolution agenda develops so the role of the Mayor is also expected to evolve, working with combined authority colleagues to deliver the best possible outcomes for the residents and businesses of the West Midlands.