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.

The University of Birmingham looks forward to working closely with the new West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street, to seize further opportunities that can deliver positive change for the West Midlands region.

On this page you can find all the University of Birmingham's comment and analysis on what the new Mayor will mean for the region.

What are the role and powers of the Mayor?

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.