The West Midlands will see a house building boost which will help it deliver the estimated 210,000 new homes needed and cash to tackle the rough sleeping problem.
Chancellor Philip Hammond announced that the region will be the first in the UK to get a second devolution deal agreed - with a focus very much on housing.
As well as £6 million cash to establish a taskforce to plan and prepare for the rapid expansion of housing there was also £5 million investment in training for the next generation of construction workers to ensure local youngsters secure the building jobs.
In a further boost it was confirmed that the West Midlands will be one of three pilot areas sharing £28 million to develop the Housing First scheme - which experts predict could make a massive impact toward’s the target of eradicating rough sleeping completely by 2027.
There was further support for transport across the region - including the £250 million transport package, which included the Midlands Metro extension to Brierley Hill, which was announced earlier in the week.
Further backing has also been awarded to support the West Midlands Combined Authority's work on mental health services.
The deal has been negotiated between the Government and the West Midlands Combined Authority under the leadership of Mayor Andy Street over the last four months .
Further boosts for the region include:
• The region to be the UK centre for driverless car technology - bolstered by £5 million for a 5G trial, to test innovative roadside connectivity.
• Funding for NHS projects including: the Russell’s Hall Hospital, Dudley Urgent Care Centre scheme, the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Emergency Department scheme and the South Warwickshire Out of Hospital Care scheme (Coventry and Warwickshire).
• Birmingham will become a Tech Hub, supporting businesses and skills in the area to thrive and prosper. This is part of a national expansion of Tech City, with the region receiving a share of £21million to support this.
The result of a £500 million bid for housing in the West Midlands, topped by the 4,700 home scheme being planned at Perry Barr, is expected to be announced early in the New Year.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, said: “Today’s Budget sets out how we will build an economy fit for the future through driving innovation, creating better paid jobs and building the homes this country needs.
“The investments I have announced today back the West Midlands with a significant cash boost for transport improvements to connect people to jobs and make journeys quicker for everybody right across the region.”
While there was a boost for transport, housing, skills and economic development there was no mention of help for Birmingham’s under pressure public services - education, social care and police despite calls.
Six Birmingham Labour MPs had delivered a plea to the Chancellor to right a historic unfairness in Birmingham City Council’s budget and restore £100 million to its annual grant - especially as the city is facing a massive funding crisis.
Detail on local government, education and police funding for 2018/19 is expected to emerge in the coming weeks.
Unison West Midlands regional secretary, Ravi Subramanian said: "Dedicated public service employees deserve so much more than pats on the back. It’s time they and the hospitals, schools and councils they work for saw the colour of the Chancellor’s money. It’s time for the government to pay up now.”