Tees Valley mayoral candidate Sue Jeffrey today calls on the Government to do more to match the area’s ambitious growth plans.
The Tees Valley has been handed £21.8m from the Government’s Local Growth Fund, an amount Sue Jeffrey said is only a small step towards the investment the area needs.
The Government has announced how it will hand out some £556m worth of Local Growth Fund investment alongside its industrial strategy. In the Tees Valley Sue, the leader of Redcar and Cleveland Council, will join with council leaders from Hartlepool, Darlington, Stockton and Middlesbrough as well as business partners to ensure the money is invested in local priorities.
Sue, standing as the Labour candidate in this May’s Tees Valley mayoral election, said she wanted to end the days of Government picking winners and losers in our area. She said:
“Although I welcome the £21m allocation it is disappointing that Government was unable to support in full the ambitious plans for economic growth set out by our Labour Led Combined Authority – yet again it appears the Tees Valley has been let down by London decision makers.
“This must be the last time that we stand in line for a hand-out, only to find that it is less than we need.
“We know that with the right investment our economy has a bright future. If this industrial strategy is to have any worth it must help us create new jobs, increase productivity and ensure we have the best education and training in the skills we need for our people to get and keep local jobs.
“It will only do this if it supports our industry and our people in ways that are right for us here.
“But I remain optimistic , this is only one small part of the funding available, and with the devolution deal I believe we have a great opportunity to deliver our own Tees Valley Industrial Strategy that will revive and grow our economy to benefit everyone who lives and works in the Tees Valley.”