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Rugby Borough Council agrees to join West Midlands super council

Rugby Editorial 10th Jun, 2016 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

RUGBY Borough Council is to join the so-called West Midlands super council.

Councillors have agreed to become a ,of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).

 

With Warwickshire County Council having already committed to join, the combined authority would already have decision-making powers over the borough of Rugby and councillors had to decide if they wanted to influence those decisions. They will not however have voting rights




The WMCA is a group of councils across the region, including neighbouring Coventry City Council, that is working together to seek greater decision-making powers from the government in a process known as devolution.

Some powers will only be given if the authority has an elected Mayor but this will not apply to councils that are non-constituent, such as Rugby Borough Council.


Powers that could be devolved to the Combined Authority from the government might cover transport infrastructure, mental health or crime and public safety.

Rugby Borough Council leader Coun Michael Stokes said: “Warwickshire County Council has already joined as a non-constituent member, and as part of the local enterprise partnership (LEP) we are already part of a non-constituent member.

“For these reasons some would argue that we are already part of the WMCA, so it was important to consider Rugby’s membership again.

“We need to be able to take a seat at the table, represent the views of our residents and help shape the combined authority to ensure maximum benefits for Rugby.”

Councillors have also committed the borough council to engage residents and businesses in the devolution process and inform them of the implications of joining the combined authority.

Rugby Borough Council had a deadline of today (Friday) to commit to join the WMCA to enable the council to be part of the devolution deal negotiations.

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