15 November 2017

WMiC, Issue 19 - “Good growth”, a new report looks beyond productivity to assess how cities and LEP areas are doing

Coverage of the recent Demos-PWC Good Growth for Cities report tended to highlight Birmingham’s performance as the UK’s most improved city, although Coventry was the region’s highest placed overall. Analysing cities, combined authorities, local enterprise partnerships and devolved administrations by looking at the nature and quality of growth beyond measures of productivity, the report has a great deal to say about the West Midlands and the country as a whole. Sherman Wong takes a closer look. Read More

24 October 2017

WMiC, Issue 18 - Employment, unemployment, income and escaping low pay in the West Midlands

The latest regional labour market statistics contain good news for the West Midlands, with strong improvements to both the unemployment and employment rates, while the Social Mobility Commission’s “Great Escape” report shows a relatively large proportion of West Midlanders are “stuck” in low pay. Sherman Wong takes a look. Read More

20 October 2017

WMiC, Issue 18 - Local Government and Brexit

With the Communities and Local Government Select Committee launching an inquiry on Brexit and Local Government, Sherman Wong takes a look at a few of the publications, proposals and research relevant to the issues raised by the Inquiry. Read More

9 October 2017

WMiC, Issue 18 - Cancer in the West Midlands

Public Health England’s (PHE) recent report on cancer in the West Midlands is intended to inform discussions by health and local authority commissioners. However, in setting out the cancer related data and analysis for the region by local authority and Clinical Commissioning Group it should also be of interest to a wider audience. Sherman Wong takes a look. Read More

22 September 2017

WMiC, Issue 18 - Housing and planning update

With a consultation underway on the way councils should calculate their house building requirements and a social housing green paper on the horizon, Sherman Wong takes a look at some recent activity in the housing and planning policy fields. Read More