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The West Midlands Housing Association Partnership (WMHAP) has welcomed the Chancellor’s commitment to invest an extra £392 million in the region through the Local Growth Fund and address the housing shortage.

Mr Hammond’s Midlands Engine strategy pledges to invest millions to unlock land for new housing developments and overcome productivity barriers by closing the skills gap.

Partnership chair, Kevin Rodgers, chief executive of WM Group, said: “We welcome the ambition shown by the Chancellor to drive growth and the delivery of much needed housing across the region. The West Midlands has a proud history as a powerhouse of the national economy and this announcement gives us confidence that we can continue this tradition.

“Government support is vital and the WMHAP is committed to work with the new combined authority and partners across the Midlands Engine to ensure people can access high quality, affordable homes and to create vital jobs and growth.”

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