As the vaccine rollout continues across Birmingham we can start to see some light at the end of the tunnel after what has been a truly difficult year for all of us.We all know someone whose health or employment has been affected by the events of the past 12 months, and as we look to the end of the covid restrictions I'm determined to see the government provide Birmingham with the support it needs to rebuild its healthcare and employment capacity.While the numbers of covid patients is decreasi

Birmingham
and the Black Country falling behind the rest of England on key economic
indicators

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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Ten years on from the Great Financial Crash, millions feel no further forward. Because they’re not. We’re mired in the worst squeeze on living standards since the days of Dickens. And now this crippling, seemingly endless malaise, has provoked the worst crisis of cooperation for a generation; we are divided between rich and poor, between young and old, and now with our closest neighbours with the vote for Brexit.

One way to think about today's 'crisis of the West' is to look at the economic growth rates in economically and politically 'free' versus 'unfree' nations. If you believe that economic and political freedom are linked (as I do), you would assume that free countries grow faster. For much of the post-war era that has indeed been true. But no longer.

Our community is one of the poorest in Britain and over the summer I am updating my research into the causes of poverty and low income.

I am looking for people to interview who have a household income of £13,000 a year or less.

The telephone interview will be strictly confidential and will be undertaken by my senior researcher Erik Cummins. It will take about 30-45 minutes.

The £1 billion deal Theresa May has struck with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) is leaving the West Midlands massively short-changed.  I asked the House of Commons Library to dig into the figures and our analysis shows Northern Ireland will get £244 per head compared to £13 in the West Midlands – that’s more than 18 times as much funding.

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