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A new survey conducted has revealed that Dudley residents want improving skills to be the top priority for the new West Midlands Mayor.

The survey of over 5,000 residents was conducted by Dudley MP Ian Austin, with more than 36% saying that the new mayor should make skills and training their top priority. Another 20% said that tackling unemployment should come top while 16% said the mayor needs to support businesses.

Residents were also invited to express their support for different mayoral policies, with 71% saying they backed Sion Simon’s plans for more health and social care funding.

Three-quarters said they planned to vote in the upcoming mayoral contest and over 70% wanted the new mayor to use surveys to keep in touch with the views of people from across the region.

Austin is now presenting the results to the mayoral candidates and will ask them to set out their plans for Dudley.

Ian Austin said:

“Dudley lit the spark that fired the industrial revolution, and today we need a new industrial revolution to make Dudley a strong town again.

“That means making education our number one priority to attract new jobs and new businesses to replace those we’ve lost in traditional industries.

“I'll be sharing the results of this survey with the mayoral candidates and asking them to tell us what they'll do for Dudley.”

Dudley residents say skills should be West Midlands Mayor's top priority

A new survey conducted has revealed that Dudley residents want improving skills to be the top priority for the new West Midlands Mayor.

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Austin is urging the Chancellor to back British beer by cutting duty on a pint in this weeks budget. 

Austin says the move will help pubs, breweries and drinkers hit by inflation.

The Dudley MP is a member of CAMRA and has worked hard to support local brewers, lobbied for duty cuts on beer in the past, help for ailing pubs and campaigned to have Black Country beers served in Parliament.

In 2014 he was officially recognised for his support for British beer industry by being awarded the Parliamentary Beer Champion award by the Campaign for Real Ale, the British Beer & Pub Association and the Society of Independent Brewers.

Ian Austin said:

"The Black Country is home to some of the best brewers in Britain and some cracking pubs, so I’m a big fan of local beer – not just as a consumer, but because of the business and jobs these brilliant local companies provide.

“Measures such as the beer duty cut will protect jobs, keep the price of a pint down and keep pubs open.”

Austin calls for budget cut in beer duty

Austin is urging the Chancellor to back British beer by cutting duty on a pint in this weeks budget. 

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Dudley MP Ian Austin speaks at Talent Match conference about bringing new jobs to Dudley and the West Midlands

Austin – a member of the House of Commons Education Select Committee and co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the West Midlands - will issue the challenge at a conference organised by Talent Match Black Country – which helps young unemployed people get skills and jobs – at the Hawthorns in West Bromwich on Friday March 3rd.

Ian Austin will say:

“Fifty years ago Black Country manufacturing made the West Midlands the UK's richest region. Forty years ago output in the Midlands outstripped London and the South-East but everyone knows we’ve struggled to attract new industries and new jobs to replace the ones in traditional industries on which the area’s prosperity was based.

“Young people in the Black Country are as good as anyone, but long-term youth unemployment is still twice the national average, school standards are still not good enough, we haven’t got enough apprenticeships and we’ve only got one university for over a million people.

“I want the candidates for West Midlands Mayor to use the election to explain how they will boost skills to attract new industries and new jobs to the region.

“We need to be inspired by our past and forge a new industrial revolution to attract well-paid, high-skilled jobs to the Black Country.

“Over the next 20 years there’s going to be huge growth and millions of well-paid and secure jobs in hi-tech industries like advanced manufacturing, low carbon technologies and construction, digital media and bio-tech and healthcare technologies, but the only way the Black Country will be able to attract new investment, new industries and new jobs to replace the ones we’ve lost is if we’ve got the skills they need.”

Austin calls on Mayoral candidates to make education and skills their top priority

Dudley MP Ian Austin speaks at Talent Match conference about bringing new jobs to Dudley and the West Midlands


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