Greater Birmingham Project: council response

By on 03/01/2013 in Leader

An announcement was made in Birmingham today (January 3) that Lord Heseltine will be working with the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP over the next three months to draw up a plan outlining how the city region could translate his recent No Stone Unturned report on growth into reality – unlocking money spent by central government, devolving it directly to the regions.

Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council, commenting on the announcement, said:

“I welcomed the overarching conclusions of Lord Heseltine's report when it was published and I am now hugely encouraged by the launch of this project.  In supporting it the Government is making available its own resources.  That represents clear recognition of the importance of Birmingham and the city region, and a sign that the localist approach is backed at the highest level in Westminster.

“Lord Heseltine's report has received cross-party support and I believe we now have a unique opportunity to put in place a leading role for the cities and the city regions in driving economic growth and investment.  We are determined that Birmingham will be at the forefront of that process and we will work with anyone who can help us to achieve the change we need.  We know that Lord Heseltine and his team will quite rightly provide a strong challenge to us locally as well as pushing the Government to support us.  We are up for that challenge.

“As well as working with Lord Heseltine's team over the next few months, we are fully committed to working closely with all our neighbours across the city region to grasp the opportunities now on offer.

“If cities are given the freedoms and powers to flourish, I am sure they will. In such challenging times we need the catalyst that will unlock the investment and enterprise we are crying out for to enable economic and social growth.”

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