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Who we are

About us

A combined authority is a group of local authorities working together to make their region a better place to live. The government gives combined authorities the money and power to make decisions for their regions.

This is called devolution. It means that decisions are made by people who know their region best.

West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) was set up in 2016. We want to make the West Midlands a happy, healthy, place to live. We’ll do this by:

  • making it easier and safer to travel in and around the region
  • using derelict land to build homes
  • protecting our green spaces
  • making sure young people have the education and employment opportunities to make a great start in life
  • working together to support our communities and build a fairer, healthier and more inclusive West Midlands
  • tackling climate change through our WM2041 pledge

You can read our constitution to find out more about how we run the WMCA.

We are not a council. You don’t pay council tax to us and we don’t collect your bins - your local authority does this.

Our structure

WMCA is made up of 18 local councils. 

Our Chief Executive is Laura Shoaf. She leads WMCA along with the Mayor, Richard Parker, and the leaders of 7 local councils.

These local councils have full voting rights on any decision we make:

 - Birmingham City Council
 - City of Wolverhampton Council
 - Coventry City Council
 - Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
 - Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
 - Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
 - Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

Some local councils have reduced voting rights. They are:

 - Cannock Chase District Council
 - North Warwickshire Borough Council
 - Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council
 - Redditch Borough Council
 - Rugby Borough Council
 - Shropshire Council 
 - Stratford-on-Avon District Council
 - Tamworth Borough Council
 - Telford and Wrekin Council
 - Warwickshire County Council
 - Warwick District Council

These observer organisations come to our meetings but don’t vote:

 - West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority
 - West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner