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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.

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.”

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