Responding to the Chancellor’s mini-budget statement today, Preet Kaur Gill, the Member of Parliament for Birmingham Edgbaston, said:

 

“Today’s budget failed to mention how the government will support British manufacturing, or address the very serious challenges facing our automotive sector – a sector vital to our region’s economy which employs nearly 50,000 people here in the West Midlands.

“What we needed from the Chancellor today, was a proper British business recovery plan adapted to the strengths of different regions, not a one-size-fits-all approach.

“The West Midlands is a world leader in transport technologies and has the potential to lead the way in British green manufacturing as we build back better from this crisis. But the lockdown has led to a drop in output of 40% and, without the right support, one of our region’s best performing sectors faces the threat of further decline and a risk to jobs.

“After an uncertain few years, our manufacturing and automotive sectors here in the West Midlands desperately needed targeted support and certainty. Today, the government failed to provide either.”