A new Mayor for the West Midlands
On Thursday 04 May 2017 the citizens of the West Midlands voted for the first Mayor of the recently created West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA). The Mayor will lead the WMCA in taking decisions on transport, mental health, housing, skills and public sector reform.
What will the role and powers of the Mayor be?
Directly elected mayors, for regions such as the West Midlands, have been created as part of a move to a greater devolution of power over how public money is spent, from central government to local areas.
The Mayor’s powers are determined by the devolution deal that the West Midlands has agreed with government which initially focuses on gaining powers over skills, housing and transport. Over time, the powers of the West Midlands Mayor may increase, as has happened in London.
Working with local authorities, the Mayor will control a £1.1bn, 30-year investment fund, an adult skills budget and will have compulsory purchase powers over housing and planning. The Mayor will also control the consolidated transport budget, the local roads network, bus franchising and smart ticketing on the transport network.
The Mayor will also play an important role in representing and promoting the region nationally and internationally.
More information is available via WMCA Frequently Asked Questions.
Have your say
The West Midlands Mayor will represent a population of over 2.8 million people and will have an important influence with central government, which could lead to further powers and funding being devolved over time to deliver positive change for the region.
You will be able to vote in this election if you are a registered voter in Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton local authority areas. The University of Birmingham encourages everyone eligible to vote to have their say on 04 May 2017.
There are six candidates that are standing for election for Mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority. They are:
- James Burn, Green Party
- Pete Durnell, UK Independence Party
- Beverley Nielsen, Liberal Democrats
- Siôn Simon, Labour and Co-operative Party
- Graham Stevenson, Communist
- Andy Street, Conservative Party
Find out more information about each of the candidates.
External sources of information