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:
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.
WMCA is made up of 18 local councils and 3 local enterprise partnerships (LEPs). LEPs work together to benefit everyone who lives and works in the region. They include businesses, local councils and education leaders.
Our interim Chief Executive is Laura Shoaf. She leads WMCA along with the Mayor, Andy Street, and the leaders of 7 local councils.