Steve Hollis, Chair of the GBSLEP comments on today’s Budget announcements

Commenting on today’s Budget announcements, Steve Hollis, Chair of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP said:

Steve Hollis, Chair of GBSLEP

Steve Hollis, Chair of GBSLEP

“We welcome the announcements made in today’s Budget, which reflect the opportunities and challenges we are addressing as recently outlined in our latest Strategic Economic Plan. The Government’s plans to inject funding and support into vocational skills development, local road infrastructure and lifelong learning are vital to unlocking productivity and we will seek to maximise those funds for the benefit of Greater Birmingham.

“The Government’s announcement of new ‘T-level’ technical qualifications, with a guaranteed three month work placement for every student, is aimed at improving the quality of vocational training in colleges and schools and will help us develop a skilled workforce to address the future economic needs of the local and national economy.

“Alongside skills, improving connectivity, increasing network resilience and reducing congestion are all critical to addressing productivity.  We will work with our local authority partners to secure a significant share of the £690 million fund aimed at getting local transport networks moving again.  

“It is positive that further devolution has been secured for London, reinforcing the argument for giving local areas greater control.  In the West Midlands, we will continue to work closely with Government and partners to secure the benefits of devolution for local residents and to drive economic growth.”