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Lyle Bignon, Night Time Economy Ambassador (NTE) for Birmingham, working on behalf of the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA), described the Chancellor's Autumn Budget Statement as 'a missed opportunity to support the UK's fifth biggest industry', saying: "The Night Time Economy (NTE) is the fifth-largest industry in the UK.

A region-wide plan setting out a raft of measures to significantly improve air quality and the health of local people was launched by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) which began with a series of priority measures that will be delivered with £1 million of government air quality funding and include:

  • Installing a network of air quality sensors that will provide real-time, publicly accessible data on pollution levels across the region
  • Education and awareness campaigns in communities, including schools, to improve knowledge and understanding of main sources of pollution and their health impact
  • Development of an alert system when pollution levels are high
  • Research into the potential to positively impact air quality through speed limit reductions on high-speed roads and in urban centres
  • Devising regional targets that exceed current national and international guidelines on levels of PM2.5 and PM10 particulates, and nitrogen dioxide (NO2)