Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East, has today given a lukewarm welcome to the Chancellor’s commitment in the budget to a £1.7 billion city region transport fund, but has called for him to go further. Together with other West Midlands MPs, Emma has written to the  Chancellor to provide funding in his budget to support a number of projects contained in the Devolution Deal for the West Midlands Combined Authority.

Emma said, “These should be obvious projects for the Chancellor to properly fund and support as they have cross-party support including the support of the Mayor of the Combined Authority and the support of local authority leaders and whilst I welcome the additional £1.7 billion announcement, it does not go far enough to address what the West Midlands Combined Authority is calling for from the Chancellor through its Devolution Deal.”

You can read the content of the letter sent to the Chancellor here:

 

Dear Chancellor,

We, the undersigned MPs for the West Midlands region, write in support of the Devolution Deal proposals which have been put to you by the West Midlands Combined Authority in the run up to this year’s Budget.

These proposals for additional funding and the devolution of powers to the region will allow us to generate prosperity and wellbeing for our citizens in the West Midlands. In particular, we would like to highlight some of the most important asks of Government.

• Funding the extension of the Metro from Wednesbury to Brierley Hill, unlocking the potential of the Black Country, creating significant opportunities for the new homes, jobs and businesses, and funding new infrastructure for cycling in the region

• Devolving powers and responsibilities to align skills training and career advice with the needs of businesses in our key industrial sectors

• Supporting our automotive and advanced manufacturing industries, with an ambitious programme of regulatory reform and funding support to develop autonomous and electric vehicles

• Backing our digital sector in the West Midlands, creating digital skills and generating new start-up businesses, and improved digital public services

• Piloting new approaches to public services to tackle homelessness, mental health and emotional resilience in young people and to prevent cardiovascular disease

We stand with local authority leaders from across the region and with the Mayor of the Combined Authority, Andy Street, in supporting these asks of Government. We hope that you will consider them favourably during your Budget deliberations.

Ends:

November 2017