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“It is really worrying that unemployment continues to rise in my constituency and continues to be way above the national average. The last figures show unemployment in Selly Oak is up to 4.4% which makes this constituency in the top 11% for unemployment across the country. We are told all the time by the current government that they have fixed the economy but not enough is being done to invest in jobs and skills in Birmingham, we need an active programme of investment in skills, targeted support for businesses and real help for people in Selly Oak to find decent paid, quality jobs.”
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Between 2010 and 2015 the Midlands saw the biggest fall in local authority funding to arts and culture in the country, with councils cutting cash many museums, theatres and galleries had relied on for decades.
But during that time a major review found that per person, 15 times more public money was invested into arts and culture in London than in the West Midlands. The Arts Council here says it's working to spread that money more fairly, but as local organisations struggle, some think the arts in the MIdlands still isn't getting its fair share. Here's Chris Halpin with the final part of our series, Culture Shock - the Future of our Arts.
A significant reboot - that's what's needed for the future of funding for arts and culture in Birmingham according to a report out today.
It's calling on greater collaboration and investment by businesses and universities as many cultural institutions struggle with funding after years of cuts from local government.
Ideas include organisations taking loans from businesses, borrowing on buildings, through to more radical ideas like Dragon's Den style pitches for particular arts money making ideas or putting a culture levy on hotel rooms.
Around 65 thousand people are employed in the sector in the Midlands, but without reform it's feared a lack of funding could put the region's world class culture at risk. Chris Halpin reports in the second part of our special series, Culture Shock: The Future of our Arts.