Mayor's 100 Days

Here's an update on your Mayor's pledges during his first 100 days in office. To keep up to date on his weekly activities follow Andy on Twitter @andy4wm

Pledge 1

Agree Action Plans with each of my Mayoral teams on transport, housing and jobs

Action plans for each of the three areas were formally produced and published ahead of the 100 days.

Pledge 2

Launch quick congestion busting measures, such as reviewing traffic light timings and roadwork plans on the M6 and other key routes

The Mayor has launched a congestion busting action plan, focused on congestion hotspots across the region. Almost £6m of Government funding has been secured by the WMCA to tackle ten projects with £40m bid for in the next round. Anne Shaw will join the WMCA as director of network resilience to further strengthen our ability to tackle congestion.

Pledge 3

Find Mayor’s Mentors for 1,000 young people in the West Midlands

Launched soon after taking office, the Mayor’s Mentor’s scheme quickly recruited well over a thousand mentors from all parts of the region and all industries. Shortly, work will get underway to start matching mentors to mentees, to provide support as they progress in the world of work.

Pledge 4

Go to No 10 Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister and discuss how the Government can help deliver our priorities in the West Midlands

The Mayor met with Theresa May in August to discuss the next stages of devolution of powers and funding to the West Midlands and to push the case for Channel Four’s relocation to the region and the bids for Coventry City of Culture and the Commonwealth Games.

Pledge 5

Lead West Midlands businesses on a trade mission to a fast-growing market, for example Silicon Valley

In August, the Mayor was joined by the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce chief executive Paul Faulkner for a trade mission to Toronto where they met both the British Consul General and Canadian officials involved in international trade and investment.

Pledge 6

Bring Brexit Cabinet Ministers to the West Midlands to meet businesses and members of the public in a Brexit Summit

Robin Walker, Under Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union, attended an event at Aston University Business School hosted by the Mayor where business representative groups discussed the key issues facing them post-Brexit.

Pledge 7

Hold my first Mayoral Ask Andy where members of the public can ask me any questions they have

In June, the first Ask Andy event was held at Coventry University, soon followed by a second event in Walsall.

Pledge 8

Set the date of the first Mayor’s Community Day of charity activities across the West Midlands

The first Mayor’s Weekend will take place June 23-24 2018.

Pledge 9

Convene a West Midlands Faith Leaders’ Summit to agree priorities for the Mayor in community relations and integration

Faith leaders from across the region and from different denominations have come together with a major summit planned for November.

Pledge 10

Build my Mayoral leadership team by appointing executives to key roles

The first chief executive of the WMCA Deborah Cadman will start in September while a head of finance has also been recruited. The Mayor also appointed the people to oversee key commissions, notably Jean Templeton, chief executive of St Basil’s to lead the homelessness task force and Anita Bhalla OBE to head up the leadership commission.