Transport and jobs will be on the agenda when David Cameron meets a high level delegation of Birmingham leaders to discuss the city’s future.
Council leader Sir Albert Bore (Lab) will lead the cross-party delegation when they meet the Prime Minister in Downing Street.
Conservatives will be represented by councillor Randal Brew, the former Cabinet Member for Finance, while Birmingham Chamber chief executive Jerry Blackett and Andy Street, the John Lewis Managing Director who chairs Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), will also be part of the delegation.
It follows the announcement of a “city deal” agreed between Birmingham, working with neighbouring authorities, and the Government, which Ministers say could bring 10,800 jobs to the region.
This included a range of measures such as a planned new £25 million medical centre in Edgbaston, but the city’s proposals to improve transport links near Birmingham Airport and create a new transport authority were not accepted by the Government.
Rather than simply asking for more money to improve transport links, the delegation is expected to set out proposals to allow the city and its neighbours to make better use of existing funding streams by placing the cash in one central pot which can be used to pay for infrastructure.
There will also be some discussion of the effect of spending cuts imposed by central government, but this will form only a small part of Birmingham’s message to the Prime Minister.
Speaking to The Birmingham Post, Sir Albert said: “This will be a cross-party event setting out an agenda which the council and business leaders and the LEP share, and which the Government also shares.
“It is about how Birmingham’s economy can grow and how we can create jobs, helping to deliver the Government’s aim of supporting economic growth and supporting job growth in the regions.”