West of England Combined Authority
About West of England Combined Authority
The West of England is one of the UK’s most prosperous regions and we want to make it even better.
The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) is made up of three of the local authorities in the region – Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire. Working with our partners including the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, North Somerset Council and other local service providers, our aim is to deliver economic growth for the region and address some of the challenges, such as productivity and skills, housing and transport.
WECA will be chaired by Tim Bowles (Conservative), the West of England Mayor, who was elected by the public on 4th May 2017. The West of England Mayor will be given powers over spending, previously held by central government, on the region’s transport, housing, adult education and skills.
West of England Overview and Scrutiny and Audit Committees will be established to scrutinise and hold to account the new combined authority and West of England Mayor.
WECA will also provide support to the West of England LEP Board and to the Joint West of England Committee, which includes North Somerset Council.
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