On cusp of great things as HS2 work starts
mayor addressed some of the challenges still facing the West Midlands, such as youth unemployment, rough sleeping, mental health problems and loneliness for older people. He urged his party to ‘step up and tackle’ such issues if they are to ‘truly be a party for everybody’.
He also revealed the West Midlands will receive £20 million in government money to create the UK’s first-ever ‘Future Mobility Area’, trialling such things as mobility as a service, car sharing and electric bikes.
Mr Street gave his full backing to the Prime Minister, pitching for more of the powers taken back from Brussels to be devolved to the regions, rather than just handed back to central government.
“I want those powers coming back from Brussels to the West Midlands, not to Whitehall,” he said.
“For our country to thrive we need our great cities and regions to be set free. With bold new ideas, courage in the face of adversity, committed leadership, and a vision for our great country, we can deliver for everyone.”
Mr Street also touched on some of the region’s recent successes, such its winning of the 5G bid, while thanking members of the government for their help with projects such as the Midlands Metro Hospital, the Commonwealth Games and HS2.
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