Chamber reacts to announcement of regional funding

East Midland’s Chamber has given a cautious welcome to the Government funding announced this morning for “less well-off” regions.

 

In total, the Government has pledged £1.6m over seven years, with £1bn earmarked for specific areas, including the Midlands, on a needs-based formula and the balance available for UK communities to bid for.

 

Scott Knowles, Chief Executive at the Chamber, said: “Long-term funding for the regions is extremely important to encourage investment.

 

“While welcoming that much of the £1.6bn identified this morning could come to the Midlands, it is a relative drop in the ocean when spread over seven years and we will be watching keenly to see exactly where the money goes both in terms of geography and sector.

 

“We look forward to working with the D2N2 and Leicestershire local enterprise partnerships to ensure that whatever money comes to the East Midlands is used to maximum impact.

 

“Last July, the Government announced a Shared Prosperity Fund (SPF) to replace European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) to tackle inequalities between communities by raising productivity, especially in those parts of our country where economies were identified as being furthest behind.

 

“Building on today’s announcement, more detail is now needed on how SPF monies will be made available and the extent of the fund. If Government gets it right, SPF and this latest tranche of investment could be a significant contributor to the rebalancing of the UK economy.”

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