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Transport for West Midlands Bus Bye-laws consultation

Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), part of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), is asking if new powers should be introduced on buses to tackle low level, anti-social behaviour. Bus is a lifeline for many people in the West Midlands, connecting thousands of people to education, training and employment opportunities and accounting for over 800,000 journeys every day.

Since 2006, crime and anti-social behaviour on public transport in the West Midlands has dramatically reduced by 60% thanks to the work of Safer Travel, a partnership approach between transport operators, Transport for West Midlands, British Transport Police and West Midlands Police.

The partnership exists to ensure that the public transport network in the West Midlands is safe for everyone to use and one of their key priorities is making bus an attractive and pleasant option for travel.

Although crime on buses in the West Midlands has dramatically reduced since 2006, low level nuisance and anti-social behaviour is still preventing many people from making journeys by bus.

Safer Travel and police teams haven’t got all the necessary powers to tackle anti-social behaviour as, although it can make people feel unsafe or uncomfortable, it isn’t necessarily against the law. This includes things like; loitering at bus stations, vaping, playing loud music and using threatening or offensive language.

Introducing new bye-laws would give Safer Travel, and police teams greater powers for stopping these behaviours and if introduced, the bye-laws would apply to buses, bus stops and bus stations.

Similar bye-laws already exist on trams and trains in the West Midlands so introducing them on buses would be a natural progression and supports the zero tolerance stance to anti-social behaviour on public transport. If they are introduced, it would be the first time they are used in the UK.

How to get involved

The consultation will be open for comments between 4 February and 29 March 2019.

https://www.tfwm.org.uk/media/3291/bus-byelaws-final-leaflet-040219.pdf – consultation proposal

https://www.tfwm.org.uk/media/3289/bus-byelaws-full.pdf – bus bye-laws

http://snapsurveys.wmca.org.uk/snapwebhost/s.asp?k=154471801084 – questionnaire

West Midlands Combined Authority is particularly interested in hearing people’s views on:

• Vaping on the bus and smoking/vaping at stops and around bus stations
• Ticketless travel/unauthorised buying and selling of tickets/altering tickets
• Travelling under the influence of alcohol and drugs where it has an effect on other passengers/unacceptable behaviour
• Music, sound and advertising – for example leafleting and selling of goods
• Unauthorised access/loitering at stations/premises
• General safety

You can request the documents in print or in a different format by contacting customerservices@tfwm.org.uk, 0345 303 6760 (option 5)

 


Have Your Say: Consultation on transferring the powers and responsibilities of the Police and Crime Commissioner

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is seeking your views about proposals to transfer the powers and responsibilities of the Police and Crime Commissioner to the Mayor of the West Midlands in May 2020.

Background
In November 2015, WMCA agreed a deal with government that enabled the significant devolution of powers, funding and responsibilities from government (Whitehall) to the directly elected Mayor of the West Midlands. The first Mayor was elected in May 2017. In November 2017, a second deal was agreed to strengthen the West Midlands’ devolution arrangements. It also included a commitment to explore the proposed transfer of the Police and Crime Commissioner role to the office of the Mayor of the West Midlands. Devolution has seen an £8 billion investment package that can help secure a more prosperous future for all our communities.

Role of the Police and Crime Commissioner
The overarching role of the Police and Crime Commissioner is to secure an effective and efficient police force. If the role of the Police and Crime Commissioner were to move under the Mayor of the West Midlands (election in May 2020), it would not affect the operational independence (day-to-day policing) of the Chief Constable or West Midlands Police. The Police and Crime Panel would also remain in place to scrutinise and support the Mayor in exercising these powers and responsibilities. A similar arrangement is already in place in Greater Manchester, where the role of the Police and Crime Commissioner was incorporated into the Greater Manchester Combined Authority Mayor’s role in 2017, and to an extent in London.

How to get involved in stage one of the consultation
Stage one focuses on the principle of transferring the powers from the Police and Crime Commissioner to the Mayor of the West Midlands.

You can find out more information and give the WMCA your views by taking part in the survey.  You can request a CD of the booklet or an easy read version, during office hours. Please call 0121 714 7321 and select option 1 for the Police and Crime Commissioner Consultation. The customer services team can also help you fill in the questionnaire.

In addition the WMCA will be undertaking consultation events. These will be held on the West Midlands Combined Authority’s exhibition bus except for the event inside New Street Station (by the information screens). West Midlands Combined Authority staff will be on hand to answer any questions and to help fill in the questionnaire.

Click here for the dates of the Consultation Events.


Have you say on a Strategy for West Midlands Economic Growth

A West Midlands Voluntary & Community Sector Leaders’ Group (WMVCS) is urging civil society organisations and groups across the West Midlands region to take part in an important survey which will feed into a local strategy for inclusive growth.

This strategy aims to ensure that economic benefits of growth across the West Midlands are transferred equally to individuals and communities.  Localise West Midlands has been commissioned by the West Midlands Combined Authority Inclusive Growth Unit with funding from Barrow Cadbury Trust to bring civil society organisations together to explore some big questions:

1.  What does inclusive economic growth look like in the West Midlands?
2.  What is blocking it – and what is enabling it?
3.  How will it be delivered?

The answers to these questions will feed into the vision and draft strategy for inclusive growth in the West Midlands – into the burgeoning Local Industrial Strategy’, and into other West Midlands Combined Authority business such as the Forum for Growth conference.

Localise West Midlands will ensure that a model for ongoing civil society engagement emerges from this work.
Your responses are needed by the end of November 2018.
Get involved!

There are a number of ways that you can join the debate and influence the Inclusive Growth Agenda:
• Join the LinkedIn Group – https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12120828

• Respond to the survey [Once you have completed the first page, you can freely scroll backwards and forwards until you click ‘submit’. The deadline is 31 October 2018 but any responses received by 20 September can be fed into the workshops and interim briefings which will take place in September and October.]

• Discuss the three questions at one of your meetings and send your thoughts to Localise West Midlands by 31 October 2018 (contact details below)

• Send information to Localise West Midlands (contact details below)

• Attend a workshop or coffee drop-in (Book a place by emailing Rosemary directly – details below)
o Workshop (Birmingham) 27 September 10.30 – 1.30
o Workshop (Birmingham) 18 October 10.30 – 1.30
o Coffee and chat drop-in (Coventry) 29 October 10.00 – 4.30
o Coffee and chat drop-in (Wolverhampton) 1 November 10 – 4.30

• Suggest a meeting (email Rosemary – details below)
Get in touch!
• Telephone: 07971 249858
• Email: rosemary@localisewestmidlands.org.uk

Download a background briefing to find out more about this consultation.
The introduction to the work and the survey questions can also be found at: http://localisewestmidlands.org.uk/7738-2/


Travel Survey: Your experiences of using public transport

The West Midlands Combined Authority is asking as many people as possible to complete a travel survey – designed to help the Authority understand how you travel and your experiences of using public transport.

All completed questionnaires will be eligible for entry into a prize draw to win one of two prizes of £100 in Amazon Vouchers and £100 in High Street Vouchers

Click here to complete the survey.


Mayor’s Community Weekend: Big Lottery Funding available

What it’s all about?  On the weekend of 30 June and 1 July 2018, the West Midlands Mayor’s office is encouraging communities to come together and celebrate our region’s diversity as part of the Mayor’s Community Weekend.

The Mayor’s office is working in partnership with the Big Lottery Fund who will be offering grants of up to £500 to groups who want to run an event. The event can be anything that brings the local community together such as organising a community picnic in the park, a community sports day, volunteering for gardening duties or community painting.

Funding applications open from 29 March to 16 April 2018.

Who Can Apply?
Anyone. Whether you’re a fully constituted organisation, a small informal group that already exists, or even just a few people from a local community coming together for the first time.  All that is required is the event takes place in one of the following areas within the West Midlands:

Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Herefordshire, Sandwell, Shropshire, Solihull, Staffordshire, Stoke, Telford, Walsall, Warwickshire, Wolverhampton and Worcestershire.

If you aren’t constituted, you will be asked to complete a very simple set of rules which will help you run the group, make decisions about the event and manage any money given to you. This will only last for the duration of the weekend.

Click here for more information.

 


West Midlands Combined Authority Consultation

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) would like you to have your say regarding the future governance of the West Midlands Fire Service.

If you are interested in responding to this consultation please visit www.wmca.org.uk/wmfs and complete the consultation online. Alternatively, print out the attached document, fill it in and post it back to Customer Insight Team, 16 Summer Lane, Birmingham, B19 3SD.

If you require a printed version of the document or if you need the document in a format more suited to your needs please email anna.sirmoglou@wmca.org.uk.  If you need help filling out the consultation call us at: 0345 835 8188 and for any other questions email ConsultationViews@wmca.org.uk

The consultation will run for eight-weeks from 11 January to 8 March 2018.

Click here to read the consultation document


First Regional VCS Engagement Event on Combined Authority


West Midlands Combined AuthorityOur twelve local authorities and three LEP partnerships in the West Midlands continue to move ever closer to a devolution deal and to establishing a West Midlands Combined Authority, moving powers and money from Whitehall to the West Midlands. But what will this mean for local residents, for local authorities and for the many thousand voluntary and community organisations across the region?

WMVCS, a recently-formed group comprised of the primary voluntary sector membership and support organisations across the West Midlands, are hosting a Briefing Event for voluntary and community organisations on Tuesday 12th April, 2.00 – 4.00 pm, at The Church at Carrs Lane, Carrs Lane, Birmingham, B4 7SX.

The event will be supported by a representative from the WMCA and will cover:-

• The rationale for and scope of the Combined Authority
• Its current stage of development and what’s ahead
• The future ambitions and priorities of the Combined Authority
• The contribution of the voluntary and community sector across the West Midlands
• Current and future engagement with the voluntary and community sector

Places are limited and are offered on a strictly first come first served basis.  To book a place follow this link: http://tinyurl.com/jej5wd7

If you require further information regarding booking on this event please contact Debra Hill on 0121 525 1127, debra@scvo.info

The WMVCS – which operates under the strap-line “networking community and voluntary groups across the West Midlands Combined Authority area” – comprises Birmingham Voluntary Service Council, Solihull SUSTAiN, Dudley Council for Voluntary Service, Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council, Bromsgrove and Redditch Network, Sandwell Council for Voluntary Organisations, Voluntary Action Stratford-on-Avon, Walsall Voluntary Action, Support Staffordshire, Voluntary Action Coventry, and Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action. For more information on the WMVCS, please visit www.wmvcs.org.uk


Voluntary Sector Umbrella Bodies Build Links into West Midlands Combined Authority

West Midlands Combined AuthorityThe primary voluntary sector membership and support organisations in Birmingham, Solihull, Dudley, Wolverhampton, Redditch, Sandwell, Walsall, Coventry, Cannock Chase,Tamworth, Stratford-on-Avon and Warwickshire have joined forces to ensure that local community groups, volunteers and social enterprises are able to engage effectively with the newly-formed West Midlands Combined Authority.

The agencies – which between them serve a constituency of over 20,000 locally-based community, voluntary, social enterprise and faith-based organisations and close to half a million volunteers – have agreed to work closely to coordinate voluntary sector and civil society input into the Combined Authority’s emerging priorities. The Combined Authority in turn has provided the group with a position on its Public Service Board, which looks at ways in which various sectors can collaborate to improve and streamline public services across the West Midlands.

The group – which operates as WMVCS under the strap-line “networking community and voluntary groups across the West Midlands Combined Authority area” – comprises Birmingham Voluntary Service Council, Solihull SUSTAiN, Dudley Council for Voluntary Service, Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council, Bromsgrove and Redditch Network, Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations, Voluntary Action Stratford-on-Avon, Walsall Voluntary Action, Support Staffordshire, Voluntary Action Coventry, and Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action.

It released the following statement:

“We collectively welcome the opportunity afforded by the devolution deal with the West Midlands Combined Authority, and believe that the local community and voluntary sector has an important role to play in ensuring the WMCA achieves its aspirations for public service improvement, financial regeneration, and positive social change.

Our sector makes a considerable contribution to the West Midlands area. At a conservative estimate, we comprise: 20,000 local groups with an annual turnover of around £1.4bn; 34,000 FTE of paid staff; 480,000 volunteers worth a further £1.3bn per annum to the region’s economy; and a spending power of close to £3.3bn. Between us, we deliver somewhere in the region of 31 million interventions for local people in the WMCA area each year.

The organisations and volunteers we serve identify strongly with the major priority issues being addressed by the WMCA, such as employment and skills, mental health, and working with those with multiple and complex needs through the Troubled Individuals approach. We are eager to contribute through partnership to the development of action plans and activities in these areas.

Our place on the WMCA’s Public Service Board is very welcome, and we have appointed Brian Carr (Chief Executive of Birmingham Voluntary Service Council) as our initial representative, with Stephen Banbury (Chief Executive of Voluntary Action Coventry) as a substitute. Brian and Stephen will be working to link the local sector into conversation with the WMCA and we will shortly be holding a regional event for local groups where they can learn more about the WMCA and its plans.”

• Further information will shortly be available at www.wmvcs.org.uk where it will also be possible to feed in views and to contribute to the developing conversation.

• Local community and voluntary groups are asked to “hold the date” for a free event on 12th April 2016 (timings and venue to be confirmed) at which they can find out more about how to engage with the West Midlands Combined Authority.