Mayor of the West Midlands

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Mayor of the West Midlands
Mayor of the West Midlands Logo.svg
Andy Street Mayor.jpg
Incumbent
Andy Street

since 8 May 2017
StyleMr Mayor
AppointerElectorate of West Midlands
Term lengthFour years
Inaugural holderAndy Street
FormationCities and Local Government Devolution Act 2016
Salary£79,000[1]
Websitewww.wmca.org.uk

The Mayor of the West Midlands is a directly elected political post responsible for the metropolitan county of the West Midlands in the United Kingdom. The mayor chairs the West Midlands Combined Authority, which covers the Birmingham metropolitan area and Coventry.

The first election took place on Thursday 4 May 2017. Andy Street, the inaugural Mayor, was originally due to hold office for three years, with the second election for the post taking place in May 2020. This election was delayed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic,[2] so Street's first term was extended by a year, with the second term length being reduced to three years between 2021 and 2024. The Mayor's term of office will return to four years from 2024 thereafter.[3]

Powers and functions[edit]

Homes and Land[edit]

The Mayor has devolved compulsory purchase powers, and is responsible for the West Midlands spatial framework and land commission.

Transport[edit]

The Mayor is responsible for franchised bus services, allowing for standardised fares and branding on all bus services in the county, similar to how London's bus network operates.[4] The Mayor is also responsible for the West Midlands Key Route Network, which is managed by Transport for West Midlands on behalf of the Mayor.[5]

Devolution[edit]

The Mayor is responsible for ensuring that the first devolution deal is put into action and acts on behalf of the region in negotiating future devolution deals with central government.[6]

List of Mayors[edit]

Colour key
(for political parties)
Name Picture Term of office Elected Political party Previous occupations
Andy Street Andy Street Mayor.jpg 8 May 2017 Incumbent 2017 Conservative Former managing director of John Lewis

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elkes, Neil (22 February 2017). "Find out how much the West Midlands Mayor will be paid". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  2. ^ Gibbons, Brett (13 March 2020). "Coronavirus forces delay to local elections with polls postponed for a year". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Coronavirus Act 2020". legislation.gov.uk. 25 March 2020. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  4. ^ "WMCA Devolution Agreement: Key Points" (pdf). West Midlands Combined Authority. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Freight & Highways". Transport for West Midlands. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  6. ^ "West Midlands Combined Authority - FAQs". West Midlands Combined Authority. Retrieved 27 February 2017.