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PremierLeague-News.Com - Labour politician Liam Byrne is demanding Chancellor Rishi Sunak give the West Midlands a fair share of funding
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The West Midlands needs an extra £8 billion investment from the Government just to bring it in line with the rest of the country, new figures reveal. It comes as Chancellor Rishi Sunak prepares to set out his spending plans in next week's Budget statement. But there are reports that plans to invest in infrastructure such as transport projects will be delayed, as the Chancellor concentrates instead on support for businesses facing collapse due to the Covid pandemic and lockdowns. Liam Byrne, the MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill and Labour's candidate for West Midlands Mayor, has written to the Chancellor demanding funding to support green manufacturing jobs in the West Midlands. He also wants funding to build 10,000 new homes on brownfields sites, retrofit 100,000 properties to meet today’s environmental standards, and install solar panels on 200,000 houses. Read More Related Articles Huge variation in vaccine take-up suggests ending lockdown will put ethnic minorities at risk Read More Related Articles Full details as Midlands leaders reveal £400m plan to improve road, rail and metro services He commissioned an analysis of Government funding from the House of Commons library, which found the West Midlands has received less funding from central government than the national average since 2010. The region is on course to receive £30.55 billion over the next six years, but if every region got the same amount of funding per person then the figure would be £38.32 billion - nearly £8 billion more. Mr Byrne said: "“Covid has hit the West Midlands harder than any other economy. What we now need is a Budget for jobs, jobs, jobs - and that means an end to the great short-changing of the West Midlands." In his letter to the Chancellor, Mr Byrne said: "If we had our fair share of the country’s national investment, we could take our region from lock down to lift off, leading Britain’s green industrial revolution, creating the best life chances for our young people, and delivering safer, stronger communities." He told Mr Sunak: "If the capital budget was allocated on a per capita basis, the West Midlands would receive an extra £7.8bn over the next five years. If re-profiled, this could deliver a capital kickstart of £3.5bn in our region next year to build 10,000 new homes, retrofit 100,000 homes, install solar on 200,000 homes, and support 92,000 jobs." Figures published earlier this week showed Birmingham has suffered a major increase in joblessness, with nearly one in seven people now looking for work in parts of the city. Five of the ten constituencies with the highest jobless rates across the entire UK are in Birmingham. New figures show the claimant rate in the Birmingham Hodge Hill constituency is 14.
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. That's the highest rate of any constituency in the UK. There are 11,045 people searching for a job in Hodge Hill, an increase of 4,765 compared to a year ago. In the Birmingham Ladywood constituency, 13.6% of the population is looking for work. That's 14,435 people, an increase of 5,620 over 12 months.
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And in Birmingham Perry Barr, 13.1% are looking for work. This is 9,405 people, up by 3,815 people over a year. Midlands transport leaders have presented a £400 million plan to the Government aimed at improving infrastructure across the region ahead of next week's Budget. Midlands Connect, the transport body, asked the Chancellor to provide funding for measures including an additional platform at Birmingham's Snow Hill station, and a smart ticketing system to pay for bus, metro and rail journeys via a single card or mobile phone.
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