13 April 2017

WMiC, Issue 16 - Social Care Spending in the West Midlands - a system in need of some TLC

Earlier this month, the Institute of Fiscal Studies reported that adult social care spending in the West Midlands had fallen 17% over the past six years, while the BBC reported on issues of low pay and staff retention in the sector. Sherman Wong takes a look at these and other recent reports on the pressures facing adult social care in England. Read More

22 March 2017

Consultations and Inquiries - published March 2017


22 March 2017

WMiC, Issue 15 - Everybody’s got to learn sometimes

Improving the nation’s skills and qualification levels are major planks of the Government’s Industrial Strategy, but analysis of the new schools’ funding formula and rising cost pressures suggests all schools will be worse off in 2019/20 compared to now. Sherman Wong takes a look at some of the impacts of the formula on the region and reflects on the prospects of young people in the future economy, where many of the new jobs are likely to be at the opposite ends of the qualifications spectrum. Read More

13 March 2017

WMiC, Issue 15 - The Midlands Growth Strategy takes to the road

As the government’s Midlands Engine growth strategy finally makes its way onto the open road, Sherman Wong takes a look at its impact on the region. Read More

2 March 2017

WMiC, Issue 15 - West Midlands LEPs feature towards the top and bottom of the economic output growth league

As the Office of National Statistics (ONS) publishes its latest economic figures for England’s Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), Sherman Wong takes a look at how West Midlands LEPs fared. Read More