*Photo taken in November 2019.
- The Government is considering setting up an office for the Ministry of Communities, Housing and Local Government in Wolverhampton.
- Stuart Anderson MP has been in conversation with Government Ministers for many months to make a strong case for the move to Wolverhampton.
- The plans could see up to a thousand jobs created and constitute a massive boost for the local economy as it looks to recover from Coronavirus.
Stuart Anderson MP has welcomed the news that the Government’s Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is exploring the possibility of setting up office in Wolverhampton.
If approved, the plans would see the Department set up a local office and create up to a thousand jobs. The announcement is part of the Government’s long-term strategy to level up and get Britain building.
As the Member of Parliament for Wolverhampton South West, Stuart has been in conversation with the Government including the Secretary of State the Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, who is from Wolverhampton himself, for many months about this. Stuart has now received positive feedback regarding his request that the Government looks to set up an office in Wolverhampton. The Government’s announcement that it is considering Stuart’s request is the next step in his commitment to support local growth, level up opportunities, and unlock the great potential of our local community.
The MHCLG is responsible for driving up housing supply and home ownership, devolving powers and budgets to boost local growth, and supporting communities with excellent public services. Even before he became an MP, Stuart has been working hard on these issues. As part of his election campaign, Stuart advocated for a ‘brownfield first’ approach to housing, which secured the backing of the Prime Minister.
Just a few months ago, Stuart’s hard work paid off when the Government unlocked £14.9 million funding from the Get Building Fund for the National Brownfield Institute. The Institute is being set up to pioneer research and develop new construction methods and ways of regenerating contaminated land.
Stuart has also been an active member of the Towns Deal Board which recently submitted a bid to the Government’s £3.6 billion Towns Fund to secure further funding for this and other key projects. The City of Wolverhampton has secured £1 million in advanced funding and further good news is expected.
Stuart Anderson MP said: “I was elected on a manifesto to level up opportunities and unleash potential. Too many areas in Wolverhampton have been left behind for decades, and I have been working hard to attract more investment for our great city. I am delighted that the Government is looking at setting up a base for one of its most influential departments in our great city. It follows the £14.9 million that we secured for the National Brownfield Institute.
This is a step in the right direction and, if approved, it could see up to a thousand jobs created for local people and it would be a massive boost to the area as we look to recover from Coronavirus. I will continue to engage with Government Ministers on these plans.”