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The contents of this website are under review following the formation of a new HM Government. Current information may be found at www.gonetwork.gos.gov.uk.

Welcome to the website for the Government Office for the West Midlands. Here you will find information about the Government Office as we join up the work of 10 Central Government Departments across the West Midlands, and feed back the region’s views and unique needs to Whitehall.

We work to deliver, influence and develop government programmes and initiatives in the region on behalf of these departments, by working with relevant organisations to meet local needs. We also act as ears, eyes and a local voice for Whitehall in the West Midlands, reflecting back to central government the interests, concerns and successes of the region to inform policy development.

Our website is a part of this process, and we hope that you will find it easy to use.

Please forward your comments to  enquiries.team@gowm.gsi.gov.uk

Latest news 

In The Know Newsletter - Issue 12
The Government Office for the West Midlands is pleased to announce the publication of the twelfth issue of In the Know, its electronic newsletter to its partners, stakeholders and general public.

West Midlands Procurement Framework for Jobs & Skills
The UK public and third sectors exercise immense ‘buying power’. Each year the public sector alone spends around £220 billion on goods, services and capital assets. It is by far the largest customer in the UK market place and therefore has the power to exert significant influence over market opportunities. In the West Midlands, public and third sector buying power amounts to some £16 billion annually. The Economic Inclusion Panel has set out an ambitious strategy for placing jobs and skills at the heart of the decision-making process that determines how this buying power is exercised. The West Midlands Procurement Framework for Jobs and Skills aims to ensure that local people benefit directly from a region-wide strategy that places specific requirements on contractors to provide more training and job opportunities, as part of their contractual commitments.

Community Resilience – Launch of public consultation
Government has launched the public consultation on the Community Resilience guidance documents as part a wider package on National Security. View the consultation documents online by visiting www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/communityresilience

Update on Farming and Food 2010 showcases some of the recent achievements and progress in the farming and food sector within the West Midlands region. It also outlines the future direction of national and regional food policy.

Staffordshire Hoard - Fundraising Campaign
GOWM provide support to bring the gold home

West Midlands region - New Year 2010 Honours list
Please see the attached list of successful Honours for this region which includes 42% women which is slightly below the national target of 45%.

West Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy Phase 2 Proposed Changes

Lord McKenzie has written to the WMRA advising that further work is required before the proposed changes can be published. They are now expected to be published by July. For more information


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