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Last chance to have say for Solihull residents on West Midlands Combined Authority

Solihull Editorial 6th Feb, 2016 Updated: 24th Oct, 2016

THE CONSULTATION on the proposed West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is closing on Monday (February 8).

Solihull residents are being urged to have their say on the future of the region before the deadline.

The online survey asks residents to select ‘strongly agree’, ‘agree’, ‘disagree’, ‘strongly disagree’ or ‘don’t know’ in response to statements regarding the justification for creating a combined authority – including whether they agree ‘a strong business voice’ through the involvement of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) would benefit the region’s economic development.

Supporters argue the WMCA could lock nearly £8 billion of inward investment into the region – enabling further growth, creating more jobs, and providing better transport links.

Others argue that the WMCA would see powers diverted into the hands of an elected metro-mayor, who would have the ability to affect local council taxes by imposing precepts to raise money for services in the new region, and be able to grant tax exemptions and discounts.

The survey can be found on the WMCA website – www.westmidlandscombinedauthority.org.uk

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