Published Friday, 9 October 2015
The Council's cabinet has agreed to join the West Midlands Combined Authority as a non constituent member.
The WMCA, known as the West Midlands Engine for growth, consists of seven authorities - Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Sandwell, Solihull, Dudley and Coventry.
What does that mean and why are we doing it?
It means we won’t become part of a West Midlands authority, we won’t merge with any other council, nor come under any centrally elected mayor.
In short, we will keep all our existing powers and all decisions will continue to be made here by councillors elected by our residents.
Cabinet business lead Cllr Shaun Davies explains more.