Jane Stevenson, MP for Wolverhampton North East, has commended the measures contained in last week’s Budget which will change life chances and give better opportunities to people in Wolverhampton.
Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday (9th March), Jane spoke about the Budget’s announcements of a successful £25 million Towns Fund bid for the city, as well as £10 million to establish a Taskforce on Modern Methods of Construction to be based at the new headquarters for MHCLG in Wolverhampton.
She also applauded the Government for introducing several measures to help people back into work, after a year which has seen unemployment rise in Wolverhampton. The measures include a Help to Grow scheme, which will offer MBA-style management training and help businesses develop digital skills, as well as the extension of furlough, a VAT cut for the hospitality industry and more money for apprenticeships.
Jane said: “There are many measures, but I especially want to mention something that will benefit my home city. This is where we see real change and a real plan. Without resorting to the school assembly stalwart of giving a man a fish or a fishing rod, the Government’s investment in Wolverhampton has given our city a clear plan to a better economic future.
“The Budget announced not only a successful £25 million towns fund bid, but we will benefit from £10 million of investment for a taskforce into modern methods of construction. This will be based at a new Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government headquarters in Wolverhampton. This all links to the £15 million the Government invested in our National Brownfield Institute, which sits next to our School of Architecture at Springfield brewery.
“The Government’s investment means Wolverhampton will be the home of the green home building industry and all the jobs and opportunities that that will bring in over the coming decades.”
She added: “This vision for Wolverhampton is worth so much more than just the funds the Government have provided. Moving a Ministry away from London proves the commitment to levelling up.
“I commend the Budget, and I commend the Chancellor and the Government, who are committed to changing life chances and giving better opportunities to people around the United Kingdom and in my wonderful home city of Wolverhampton.”