Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin welcomes landmark devolution deal

Dudley MP Ian Austin has welcomed a new devolution deal for the West Midlands agreed by the metropolitan councils and the government.

Austin is now calling on councillors, MPs, universities, colleges, businesses and transport providers to work together on plans to create more jobs, new homes, better transport links and higher skills across the region.

The deal has been announced following months of negotiations between the Government and the West Midlands Combined Authority covering Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

Under the proposals control of public transport, major roads, new housing, business support and training will all be transferred from London to the West Midlands.  The plans also set out the creation of a new elected Mayor for the West Midlands to head the combined authority and deliver services across the region.

Austin is a former Minister for the West Midlands, and has highlighted the JLT plant at i54, the new runway at Birmingham Airport and the regeneration of New Street Station as evidence of the success of previous devolution to the region.

Ian Austin said:

“There are still details to be addressed, but I want to see the region working together to deliver more jobs, better skills, quicker transport links and new homes to make sure the West Midlands is never left behind again.

“We’ve waited for too long for people from London to boost the region’s economy and solve our problems.  I want MPs, councillors, universities, colleges, businesses and the workforce working together to improve things for people in the West Midlands.”

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