West Midlands Economic Monitor: October 2019

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October’s edition of the West Midlands Economic Monitor is now available for you to keep up to date with recent developments in the region.

The headlines for this month’s monitor are:

  • The WMCA have signed a contract to order 21 new battery-operated trams to operate on the new Edgbaston line making the region. They will be the first battery-operated trams in the country.
  • Crime has increased in the region by 10% compared to the year ending June 2018, while nationally there has been a 6% increase.
  • Jaguar Land Rover has announced plans to close its plants in Halewood, Castle Bromwich and Solihull for up to eight days in November, ahead of UK withdrawal from the EU.
  • Only two in five businesses in the region have reported having undertaken a Brexit risk assessment to ascertain the impacts of leaving the EU with a withdrawal agreement.
  • New survey data shows that 58.3% of adults in the WMCA area are physically active, increasing by 1% since May 2017/18. This lags behind the overall national figure of 63.2% of adults being physically active.

Get the latest edition of the monitor by clicking here.


The West Midlands Economic Monitor was written by Ben Brittain, Policy and Data Analyst, City-REDI,  University of Birmingham.

Disclaimer: 
The opinions presented here belong to the author rather than the University of Birmingham.

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