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Covid-19: Regional Economies

Treasury – in the House of Commons on 18th May 2020.

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Photo of Kate Green Kate Green Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

What assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on regional economies.

Photo of Kemi Badenoch Kemi Badenoch The Exchequer Secretary

The Government are closely monitoring the impact of covid-19 on local communities across the UK. We are engaging with local authorities, local enterprise partnerships and mayoral combined authorities, and remain committed to levelling up opportunity all over the UK.

Photo of Kate Green Kate Green Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

The public transport infrastructure will be essential to Greater Manchester’s economic recovery, and funding has been provided to help Manchester Metrolink, but it is insufficient and the situation will be exacerbated because social distancing will mean that it can carry fewer passengers for the foreseeable future. Will the Treasury commit to fully funding Metrolink so that it can help to get the city region back on its feet?

Photo of Kemi Badenoch Kemi Badenoch The Exchequer Secretary

I have been in conversation with the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, and the Treasury is well aware of this issue. At the moment, we have provided £630 million for councils. We have provided some funding to Metrolink and we will continue to explore the issue further.