Why should a parent in Newcastle be any less concerned about the quality of air their kids are breathing than a parent in London?
A proposed transformation would move away from the reliance on big anchor stores and create 1,300 new homes – all on reclaimed brownfield sites.
Gimmicks and bribes are not the answer. Prosperity will be achieved if free entreprise is allowed to thrive.
The then EU Budget Commissioner told me that giving control of this funding to national governments would make it subject to “democratic whim”.
We need to lobby the Government for reassurances about our local authority funding; and that it must match current EU structural payments.
In the West Midlands, investment decisions have been deferred. We need to be able to push ahead with new trade arrangements around the globe.
The new Shared Prosperity Fund, which will replace EU funding into the regions, is a great opportunity to put areas like mine back in control.
We must seize the opportunities to provide services in a more efficient way – cutting the long delays on public procurement is an obvious example.