Inclusive growth in the west midlands: an agenda for the new mayor

Document type
Briefing
Corporate author(s)
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Publisher
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Date of publication
24 January 2017
Subject(s)
Social Policy, Community Development and Regeneration, Employment, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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The West Midlands faces significant challenges to creating an inclusive economy: just under 600,000 people are income deprived and three in ten children are growing up in poverty.

A significant minority of businesses report vacancies they cannot fill due to skills shortages – ranging from 18% in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership area to 28% in the Black Country (across England it is 22%) (UKCES, 2015).

Key points:

  • The election of a Mayor for the West Midlands is an opportunity to demonstrate how to achieve inclusive growth – growth that benefits everyone across the city region. Such an approach would have clear economic, fiscal and social benefits.
  • Each time an out-of-work benefit claimant moves into a job paying the voluntary Living Wage (which is set with regard to the cost of essentials) the boost to the local economy is £14,400 on average.
  • In the West Midlands mayoral area just under 600,000 people are income deprived and three in ten children are growing up in poverty.

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