West Midlands Combined Authority Order 2016 (SI 2016/653): this Order, which comes into force on 17 June 2016, establishes the West Midlands Combined Authority for the exercising of specified local authority functions across the local government areas of Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton. It also provides for the CA's Constitution and funding. (16 June 2016)

Draft Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral Combined Authority (Election of Mayor) Order 2016: this draft order, once in force, makes essential provision in preparation for the introduction of a directly elected mayor for the area of the Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral Combined Authority (CA). It follows on from the Devolution Agreement between the Government and the CA which provided for an offer of powers and budgets from Government on the basis that the area will deliver certain reforms and measures, including adopting a model of a directly elected mayor covering the whole of the CA area. The Order provides that the area of the CA is to have a directly elected mayor, and for the date of the first and subsequent elections to the role of mayor and the term of office. (June 2016)