Decision details

Consideration of the establishment of the West of England Combined Authority

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


To provide Cabinet with an update on the making of a draft Order to establish the WEMCA and seeks approval to proceed to establish the WEMCA.


Note: Decision due date for Cabinet changed from 19/10/2016 to not before 09/11/2016.


Reason: DCLG have indicated that the timetable for preparing the Parliamentary Order has changed and they now anticipate a draft Order will be available in November. As a consequence we will need to reschedule the Cabinet meetings to mid-November. We are assured that this will not impact onto the overall timetable.


RESOLVED that the Cabinet agreed to:


1)  Note the Summary of Consultation Responses report, and the Representations submitted to the Secretary of State ;

2)  Note the principles in the Governance Scheme are delivered subject to the variations detailed in Appendix B

3)  Subject to the safeguard in recommendation 2.5 below give consent to the establishment of the West of England Combined Authority


4)  Appoint the Leader of the Council as this Council’s Member of West of England Combined Authority;

5)  Delegate to the Chief Executive, in consultation with the Leader of Council, the authority to take all decisions, to make all necessary appointments, arrangements and provide written confirmation to the Secretary of State consenting to the making of the Order creating a West of England Combined Authority;

6)  Delegate authority to the Monitoring Officer to make all consequential amendments to the Constitution.


Reasons for the decision:

The Draft Order now provided by DCLG reflects the terms of the Governance Scheme as approved by Council and Cabinet in June 2016. The changes detailed in Appendix B are considered to be consistent with the principles established by the Scheme.


In the event Cabinet resolves to adopt the recommendations set out above, the DCLG will write to the Council to request formal written consent on behalf of the Council to the making of the Order establishing the WECA.  Officers will provide any necessary advice to the Chief Executive and Leader prior to the formal giving of consent on behalf of the Council.

Alternative options considered:


Report author: Ashley Ayre

Publication date: 14/11/2016

Date of decision: 14/11/2016

Decided at meeting: 14/11/2016 - Cabinet

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