TORY FUNDING SNUB FOR SOLIHULL | Liam Byrne MP for Metro Mayor

 

Liam Byrne, Shadow Mayor of the West Midlands, has today asked the region’s Tory Mayor to explain why three out of the seven boroughs in the region appear to have been left out of his plans to ‘Get Britain Building’ despite forecasts that unemployment across the region is set to double. 

 

The list of projects agreed by the Mayor - and set to be announced on Friday - has no specific projects in Sandwell or Walsall despite new data shows that 45,926 people in Solihull are unemployed, furloughed or claiming self-employed income support.  

 

Liam Byrne said:  "We've got through the crisis so far by pulling together. But to get back on our feet we need to pull together like never before.’ 

 

'Instead the government has given us just 50p per person per week when we're set to be the hardest hit region in Britain and the Bank of England is forecasting unemployment will double. 

 

'And to add insult to injury the Tory Mayor appears to have missed out three out of seven boroughs across the West Midlands'. 

 

 “The Tory Mayor himself admitted that we need £3 billion in the West Midlands to get things back to normal and the economy working for the people again. Yet we've just been given 2% of that. Our Tory mayor likes to boast of his links to Downing Street but at this rate we're going to risk shutdown of swathes of our economy, like the John Lewis store in Birmingham'.  

 

Councillor Flo Nash, Labour Councillor for Kinghurst and Fordbridge and Leader of the Solihull Labour Group said: “We’ve a Tory Government, a Tory Mayor and a Tory Council and yet the people of Solihull have been forgotten by all of them. We deserve our fair share and we should be treated as an equal partner. Our residents deserve the investment as much as those living in Birmingham or Coventry. Our Tory mayor and our Tory council have let down Solihull once again.” 

 

Liam Byrne said: “The Combined Authority is meant to be a partnership of equals. Seven proud and historic boroughs and cities – working together for the greater good and yet, when there is some help available, the Tory Mayor seems to have forgotten about Solihull.”

 

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  1. The successful projects are: (table included)

 

Birmingham

University Station rebuild £15,104,500

Precision Health Technology Accelerator – 10,860,000

 

Dudley

Very Light Rail Innovation Centre - £12,350,000

 

Coventry

Completing the Cultural Capital - £6,097,367

Very Light Railway Coventry - £1,765,800

Commonwealth Economic Legacy at Ricoh Arena, Coventry - £3,861,833

 

Wolverhampton

National Brownfield Land Institute - £14,875,000

Regional WM5G Application Accelerator extension - £1,000,000

 

  1. Unemployment, furlough and self-employed statistics

 

Item

Solihull

Meriden

Total

Source

Employees furloughed under CJRS

14400

17,900

32300

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/900514/CJRS_Statistics_July_2020_tables.xlsx

Claims made to Self-Employed Income Support Scheme

2900

3100

6000

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/900514/CJRS_Statistics_July_2020_tables.xlsx

Unemployment entitlements

2836

4790

7626

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/900352/data-tables-alternative-claimant-count-jan-2013-to-may-2020.ods

Total

20136

25790

45926

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Bank of England employment statistics.

Unemployment Scenarios

Forecaster

Bank of England

UK Labour Force

UK Labour Force

Forecast Unemployment Rate

7.0%

1. Forecast UK Unemployment in 2021

3,123,077

2. W Mids current share of UK unemployment *

10.4%

3. Implied W Mids unemployment 2021 (1 X 2)

324,800

4. Current West Midlands unemployment

134,000

Potential rise

190,800

 

242%