l Supported the region’s response and planning for Brexit.
Housing and Regeneration
l Secured a £350m Housing Deal with Government.
l Worked with partners to accelerate house building: 14,628 new homes
(a 21 per cent increase on 2017/18) and a 33per cent per cent increase in
affordable homes completed.
l Approved £20 million of funding to unlock land for regeneration in five
town centres across the region.
Productivity and Skills
l Published a Regional Skills Plan and secured the first Skills Deal in the
country with £69m of new and planned investment for the region.
l Mentored more than 1500 young people through the Mayor’s Mentors
l Supported over 400 people through the ‘Connecting Communities’
employment support programme.
l Delivered pre-employment training for 100 local unemployed people
through the £5m Construction Gateway project.
l Secured Government agreement to a West Midlands Apprenticeship
Levy transfer scheme, allowing up to £40m of unspent levy funding to be
used to support regional SMEs’ take-up of apprenticeships.
Health and Wellbeing
l Supported the Homelessness Taskforce and started delivery of the
Housing First pilot.
l Continued delivery of the successful Thrive programme with the
development of multiple streams of work including ‘Thrive Into Work
Individual Placement Support’ (IPS) and ‘Thrive At Work’.
Public Service Reform, Inclusion and Cohesion
l The West Midlands was selected in September to become the innovative
home to the UK’s first multi-city 5G test bed.
l Established the Inclusive Growth Unit in June 2018.
l The Social Economy Taskforce has been operational throughout 2018/19,
and will publish its final report in summer 2019.