LOCAL UPDATE: TUC say there are 803,000 working adults in poverty in the West Midlands & Two new electric ambulances in Birmingham
TUC say there are 803, 000 working adults in poverty in the West Midlands & Two new electric ambulances in Birmingham.
TUC analysis of new official poverty figures has found that working-age poverty in the West Midlands has barely fallen since 2010/11, despite regional unemployment falling significantly in the years before the pandemic.
The proportion of working-age people living in poverty was 24% in 2010/11, and 23% in 2019/20, according to today’s new figures from the Office for National Statistics.
The poor progress comes despite unemployment in the West Midlands falling from 9.6% in 2011 to 5.1% in 2020.
West Midlands Ambulance Service has got two new electric vehicles in their fleet. A pair of all-electric zero emissions Jaguar I-Pace ambulance response cars which will be going into operation in Birmingham in the coming weeks.
WMAS Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “West Midlands Ambulance Service has been at the forefront of developing ambulance technology and operating a modern fleet for the last ten years. Working with industry specialists like VCS, we have used aircraft style technology and design to create the most hi-tech and lightest vehicles in the country. This has continually reduced our impact on the environment by lowering our CO2 levels and ensured that patients receive the highest standards of safety and comfort. With an all-electric ambulance already in our fleet, which was launched last year, it’s hugely exciting to now have two fully electric response cars to add to our operational vehicles in Birmingham.”
Finally, City of Wolverhampton Council has received two hundred and fifty thousand pounds to re-open Wolverhampton Swimming and Fitness Centre in Bentley Bridge. It's part of the government's commitment to re-opening public leisure centres by giving money to local authorities.
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