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City Deal labelled a 'landmark achievement'

The Minister for Cities, Greg Clark. has labelled the new City Deal for the Black Country a 'landmark achievement'.

Greg Clark MP, Minister for Cities, has talked up the benefits of the City Deal... Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Speaking in light of the pledge to create 5,800 high-value manufacturing jobs for the region, the MP also said of the deal:

"It puts the levers of power firmly into the hands of Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley, Sandwell and the whole region, so everyone can benefit from real, local economic growth. The jobs created and the skills provided will put the Black Country in a prime position as the economy turns the corner."


City Deal to create 1,500 apprenticeships

The Black Country's new City Deal will create 1,500 apprenticeships in high-value manufacturing jobs, providing support for almost 3,000 long-term unemployed people in the area to help them find a job.

Speaking on behalf of the local authorities, Councillor Roger Lawrence, Leader of Wolverhampton City Council said:

The City Deal is an excellent example of how the Black Country’s public and private sector work together for the benefit of all. The changes that will come about as a result of the deal will make a real difference to tackling youth unemployment and providing the skills for the jobs of the future.

Chair of the Black Country LEP, Stewart Towe, said feedback from businesses suggests that assisting the growth of high-value manufacturing is critical to the prosperity of the Black Country.

Deputy Prime Minister praises City Deal

Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has heaped praise on the new deal that is set to create 5,800 new manufacturing jobs and £130million of private investment for the Black Country.

Mr Clegg said of the deal:

This marks the beginning of a new era of growth and prosperity in the Black Country. This isn’t pointless Whitehall jargon: this deal has the genuine power to change the fortunes of many people across the region by creating new jobs, boosting businesses and providing new housing...

Between government Minister for Cities Greg Clark, local authorities and the Local Enterprise Partnership, the City Deal has been made in recognition of the Black Country’s role in the UK economy; where high-value manufacturing represents the largest concentration of jobs of any LEP area.

Deal to create 5,800 new jobs in the Black Country

A new deal designed to bring in around £130million of investment into the Black Country, creating 5,800 new manufacturing jobs in the region, has today been agreed by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Minister for Cities Greg Clark.

The City Deal has been agreed by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Minister for Cities Greg Clark
The City Deal has been agreed by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Minister for Cities Greg Clark Credit: David Cheskin/PA

The City Deal will see brownfield - or old industrial - sites across the Black Country redeveloped over the next four years, and will also provide support for a total of 2,800 long-term unemployed people in the region to help them find a job.

Stem cell campaign increases number of Asian donors

A stem cell donor campaign backed by the parents of a seriously-ill boy from the Black Country has been credited with boosting the number of Asian volunteers.

Two year old Gaurav Bains from Tipton has a rare immune condition and needs a bone marrow transplant before Christmas.

Following awareness campaigns in the past two months, Anthony Nolan say they've seen 500 potential donors come forward - that's compared to 40 volunteers in the same period last year.


Head asks parents to support dialect ban at home

A headteacher from the Black Country who has banned pupils from using colloqialisms in the classroom has urged parents to back the move.

John White, head of Colley Lane Community Primary School in Halesowen, has sent pupils home with a "supporting booklet" explaining the decision to ban certain phrases, in the hope they will support the move at home as well.

We'd been looking at our literacy standards and we wanted to talk to parents about some of the confusion that happens when children are talking in slang to their mates in the playground.

When it comes to phonics and English lessons it can be very confusing for the children.

When they are reading phonics, it's incorrect, so we think it's better for them this way.

– Headteacher John White, Colley Lane Community Primary School

Full list of Black Country phrases 'banned' by school

A list of "banned" colloquialisms used by people in the Black Country has been drawn up by a Halesowen school.

In a letter to parents, Colley Lane Community Primary School headteacher John White says the phrases were "damaging" and are no longer allowed in the classroom.

  • 'They was' instead of 'they were.'
  • 'I cor do that' instead of 'I can't do that.'
  • 'Ya' instead of 'you.'
  • 'Gonna' instead of 'going to.'
  • 'Woz' instead of 'was.'
  • 'I day' instead of 'I didn't.'
  • 'I ain't' instead of 'I haven't.'
  • 'Somefink' instead of 'something.'
  • 'It wor me' instead of 'it wasn't me.'
  • 'Ay?' instead of 'pardon?'
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