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Handout is a ‘drop in the ocean’ says Ken

GOVERNMENT funding to help Solihull through tough times is just not enough - that’s the verdict of the leader of Solihull Council.

GOVERNMENT funding to help Solihull through tough times is just not enough - that’s the verdict of the leader of Solihull Council.

Coun Ken Meeson said that the £40,079 which was being made available by the Local Authority Business Growth Incentives Scheme was merely “a drop in the ocean”.

The £100m package being divided among councils up-and-down the country is to help mitigate the effects of the financial downturn. Other local authorities have received a much bigger share of the £11m sum put aside for the West Midlands. Birmingham has been given £3,008,663 and Coventry has landed £1,077,249.

Coun Meeson said: “The only thing that it might help towards is the cost of advice that we provide for people. But even so, we would need far more money to make a real difference.”

John Healy, Local Government Minister, said: “Over the last three years, the LABGI scheme has made a real difference to local communities - in these difficult economic times, it has an even more important role to play.

“Different parts of the country will be affected by this downturn in different ways and to different degrees - as these pressures are being felt by families and businesses, councils are best placed to provide real help locally, tailored to local needs, to help people to stay in their homes and their jobs.”

Solihull has received the smallest amount of all the seven metropolitan councils which make up the West Midlands.

The £40,000 was dwarfed by Wolverhampton (515,814), Dudley (330,394) , Sandwell (637,130) and Walsall (314,800).

 

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