Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin backs Birmingham and Black Country growth plan

Dudley MP Ian Austin is urging the Government to back plans for more jobs, new homes, better transport links and higher skills across the West Midlands.

Austin was speaking at a Parliamentary meeting to promote plans for the West Midlands Combined Authority with new powers and extra funding devolved from the government.

Local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships from across the West Midlands have put forward plans for a Combined Authority that are now being considered by the government.

The proposals would see the West Midlands keep more of the proceeds of growth in the region along with greater control of funding for job creation, housing, transport and training.

Austin told the audience that the plans represented a huge opportunity to make the West Midlands the engineering and enterprise capital of Britain.

Ian Austin said:

“My experience as a Regional Minister taught me that the West Midlands works best when the West Midlands works together and listens to local people.

“That’s how we secured investment in the new JLR plant at i54, the redevelopment of Fort Dunlop and Birmingham’s brilliant new train station.

“I want the government to back these plans so we can secure more jobs, new homes, better transport links and higher skills in places like Dudley and across the West Midlands.”

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