MAYORAL ELECTION: Andy Street pledges 100,000 new jobs for the West Midlands
Andy Street discusses his plans should he be successful in securing a second term in office.
This years mayoral election is expected to be a closely fought battle . In 2017, Conservative candidate Andy Street beat Labour’s Siôn Simon by by just 4,000 votes. This time round the West Midlands has been the hardest hit region during the pandemic with plans to bring about economic recovery set to be key.
100,000 new jobs and a gigafactory in Coventry are the headlines from Andy Street’s manifesto. He believes that new green technology will be the driver for recovery and growth in the West Midlands.
As businesses re-open the region is starting to see signs of recovery. The West Midlands unemployment figure for the three months to February was 163,000 – 14,000 down on the previous three-month period – and a rate of 5.5 per cent. However 18-24 year olds accounted for nearly two-thirds of job losses during the pandemic. Mr Street believes that providing training opportunities is key to providing long term employment for young people.
The lack of affordable housing is another issue that Andy street also promises to tackle. He plans to apply “£400 million of new Government funding” to drive a regional “brownfield first” approach to housing. His pledge, thousands of new homes.
Mr Street is proud of his record so far, with plans for new tram and railway stations. Additionally there would be a further expansion of the Midland Metro tram network.
The election for Mayor of the West Midlands takes place on Thursday 6 May.
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