What have AWM been spending our money on?


It’s been a busy few weeks and we’ve fallen a bit behind with picking over AWM’s spending so here’s a list of what they’ve been spending our taxes on. Remember, we have no say whatsoever on how they spend our money.

  • A £450m privately-owned business park in Birmingham
  • A 12-acre site, formerly the home of a supermarket in Birmingham (they don’t know what they’re going to do with it other than “regeneration”)
  • Sign-writing black cabs to say “Welcome to the West Midlands” in Birmingham
  • A £2m loan fund for businesses that have paid asked West Midlands Business Link (a poorly performing AWM quango) to come up with a recovery plan for them
  • Converting a Victorian cottage hospital into apartments and work units in Herefordshire
  • £600k in flood relief for Evesham householders
  • The Festival of Xtreme Building in Birmingham
  • £240k to pilot a scheme giving privately-owned firms vouchers for £3k of higher education
  • £81k grant to a privately-owned machine cutting company in Coventry
  • The Midlands Niche Vehicle Network
  • £63k to companies who used to supply MG Rover
  • “Healthy” vending machines in schools
  • Is all of this a good use of taxpayers money? Who knows? We aren’t allowed an opinion, we are just required to fill their very deep pockets.

Edit:
The PR Manager of Business Link West Midlands has emailed us to advise that BLWM is giving the recovery plans to businesses for free.