A guide to devolution, metro mayors and the West of England

On 4th May, residents in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bath & North East Somerset will head to the polls to elect the West of England Combined Authority’s (WECA) very first Metro Mayor.

WECA was established in 2017 as part of a devolution deal struck between Bristol City, Bath & North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire councils in order to give local residents more of a say in matters which concern, for example, housing, transportation and skills.

As part of the deal, in an unprecedented step, central Government has pledged an additional £900m in funding to be invested over a 30 year period in a variety of infrastructure and public services projects.

To educate and inform the public about the upcoming elections and to help map out what devolution means for them, Business West has published a 35-page guide to the WECA entitled ‘A Guide to Devolution, Metro Mayors and the West of England’.

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