Herefordshire Council today announced that it is exploring the possibility to become a non-constituent member of the West Midlands Combined Authority group. The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is a group of twelve local authorities and three Local Enterprise Partnerships working together to devolve powers for economic development from Whitehall to the West Midlands.
Leader of Herefordshire Council, Councillor Johnson, said
“I am keen to explore what benefits could be gained for Herefordshire by joining a devolved group. The discussions with the West Midlands Combined Authority group are only exploratory and a decision to join the group would need to be considered and approved by Herefordshire Council’s Cabinet.”
Herefordshire Council has previously submitted an expression of interest in having freedoms and flexibilities devolved to it by government. The West Midlands Combined Authority signed an outline devolution deal with government in 2015.