Liam Byrne will today say the Tory Mayor of the West
Midlands has missed a huge opportunity to declare a Climate Emergency and put
in place a Green New Deal to tackle spiralling youth unemployment.
The Tory mayor, Andy Street, today launches his local industrial strategy - without any timetable to deliver a carbon neutral region and no plan to tackle youth unemployment which has soared by 18% in the last year.
Please pay over the money agreed for house building.
We have a housing and homelessness crisis in our region. Homelessness is soaring and we are building affordable homes so slowly it will take until 2052 to clear waiting lists for council waiting lists. But when the West Midlands Combined Authority was set up, ministers agreed £211 million to build new homes. Only 1% of this money has been paid over.
and the Black Country falling behind the rest of England on key economic
Birmingham and the Black
Country (the local authority areas of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and
Wolverhampton) are falling behind on
key economic indicators such as prosperity, productivity, employment
and skills, according to a new report.
Read Peter Brett associates' report on the baseline conditions of East Birmingham and North Solihull and the untapped potential in place.
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PRESS RELEASE FROM LIAM BYRNE MP
Liam Byrne welcomes breakthrough for Britain's innocent victims of booze
Liam Byrne, the founder and chair of the cross-party group in parliament for children of alcoholics, today hailed the government's announcement of a £6 million package of help for Britain's innocent victims of booze - the children of parents who drink too much.
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Labour pledges to tackle Birmingham's “homelessness crisis"
Challenges West Midlands Mayor to “start standing up for Birmingham” on housing and homelessness