Coventry & Warwickshire

Warwickshire to join West Midlands 'super authority'

Warwickshire County Council building Image copyright Richard Sowersby
Image caption The U-turn was the result of a vote by the full council on Tuesday evening

Warwickshire County Council will join the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), having previously voted against the plan.

The U-turn was the result of a vote by the full council on Tuesday evening, where some members changed their position.

As a non-constituent member, the council will not have voting rights.

It plans to become a full member once it has agreed a deal with the WMCA and government.

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Izzi Seccombe, Conservative leader of Warwickshire County Council, said it had held off becoming a full member until it had "an offer on the table from government".

The council plans to talk to residents before agreeing to a final deal.

The WMCA will have more devolved powers from the government and is set to elect a mayor next year.

Seven authorities - Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton - are already confirmed as full members.

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