Today plans were announced to invest £392 million across the Midlands through the Local Growth Fund. There is widespread support for some measures that have been taken, not least because MPs have worked with local authorities, LEPs and employers to secure investment and devolved powers for the Midlands.
Concerns, however, have been expressed over Birmingham and the Midlands being once again left behind London and the fact that the welcome fresh investments are dwarfed by the biggest cuts to Birmingham City Council in local government history.
Jack Dromey, Member of Parliament for Birmingham Erdington and Shadow Minister for Labour, said
“Not before time, the Government has taken some welcome steps in the Midlands. But once again Birmingham and the Midlands has been left behind London. We have secured £392 million for our region but London has been awarded near ten times that amount for Housing alone. Neither does the fresh investment begin to compensate for the huge cuts to council budgets. Birmingham alone has lost £700 million.
The Government needs to go further and faster, ending the unfair treatment of great cities like Birmingham”