Elections took place today for new Mayoral Combined Authorities in six areas across England, these Mayors will have powers over economic development, strategic planning and transport and infrastructure investment.
Commenting on the election of Andy Street as the new Mayor for the West Midlands, Charlotte Horobin, EEF Regional Director for Midlands and East of England also said: “We welcome Mayor Andy Street as the elected leader for the West Midlands Combined Authority. Andy Street now has a critically important role to improve economic outcomes and ensure that WMCA region is recognised nationally and internationally as the place for manufacturers to prosper.”
Commenting on the new Mayors across England, Chris Richards, Head of Business Environment Policy at EEF, said: "The election of new mayors to match the real economic geographies in England is historic and will provide a significant boost in the mission to make sure all parts of England are geared up for growth. The General election purdah period will see these new Mayors getting off to a quiet start, but this shouldn't dampen the ambition and opportunity to begin immediate engagement with businesses on how to strengthen growth in their areas. Local businesses will be the ones who will pay the taxes, create the jobs and provide the economic growth that will deliver the ultimate outcomes of each Mayor's ambition – higher living standards and productivity.”
For more on EEF’s work on devolution and local government in England visit www.eef.org.uk/devolution.