West Midlands Combined Authority
How a combined authority could affect Rugby residents
Rugby Borough Council is committed to promoting growth and prosperity for Rugby residents and businesses. The Government wants to promote economic growth in England through the devolution of powers and funding to larger geographic areas and cities. The West Midlands, including Birmingham and the black country, Shropshire, Coventry and Solihull, are now joining together to create a combined authority.
Rugby Borough Council has agreed to join the combined authority as a non-constituent member. This means that the council will have voting rights on decisions that affect the borough's residents and businesses, but the combined authority's elected mayor will not have any powers affecting Rugby.
The West Midlands combined authority covers the largest area in the country. It is close in scale to London; providing new opportunities for economic growth and benefits for residents and businesses.
The combined authority means powers will move from Whitehall to the West Midlands - bringing decision making closer to the people of Rugby.