Schools and hospitals in the West Midlands are continuing to suffer from an unfair funding system which has become worse in recent years.
The funding gap between the region and many other parts of the country has continued to grow, according to Treasury figures released during the General Election campaign.
Public expenditure on services in Scotland is now more than £1,400 higher per person than in the West Midlands - even though Scotland is wealthier.
And the West Midlands also lost to London, where spending is now more than £1,300 higher.
The distribution of money from the taxpayer is based on a number of different factors.
The North-east, North-west and Yorkshire and Humberside have higher levels of poverty than the West Midlands and therefore receive more money.
The gross value added figure in London - the Treasury's official measure of wealth - is £21,000 per head, compared with £14,500 in the West Midlands.
Expenditure on services in the West Midlands for 2004-5 was £6,305 per person.
In Scotland, however, spending was £7,768 per person - a difference of £1,463.
It was believed that once devolution had taken place, and Scotland has its own Parliament capable of raising taxes, the formula would be replaced.
However, this has not happened, leaving English regions such as the West Midlands under-funded compared with Scotland. The gross value added figure for Scotland is £15,400.
For Birmingham, a city of just under a million people, this means a shortfall of £1.4 billion.
It has meant less money is available for a range of services. Business leaders in the West Midlands have highlighted the need to improve transport links, but £247 per head was spent on transport in the region compared with £386 per head in Scotland.