Infrastructure: Leigh

HM Treasury written question – answered on 5th December 2017.

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Photo of Jo Platt Jo Platt Labour/Co-operative, Leigh

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the potential economic benefit to Leigh constituency of improving the local infrastructure and connectivity to regional hubs; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jo Platt Jo Platt Labour/Co-operative, Leigh

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to improve the economy of Leigh constituency

Photo of Jo Platt Jo Platt Labour/Co-operative, Leigh

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will undertake to review the Leigh economy to establish how productivity, industry and infrastructure can be improved.

Photo of Andrew Jones Andrew Jones The Exchequer Secretary

Addressing productivity across the country is at the heart of the government’s economic plan. Leigh is already benefiting from devolution to Greater Manchester, which has included an additional £30m per year over the next 30 years for local priorities, and a £300m housing investment fund. Greater Manchester has also received over £500m from the Local Growth Fund. We recently launched our Industrial Strategy to set out a long- term plan to boost the productivity and earning power of people throughout the UK.

The government recognises the benefit of improving local infrastructure and connectivity to regional hubs. As a constituency of Greater Manchester, Leigh will benefit from £243 million from a new £1.7 billion Transforming Cities Fund to invest in transport projects.

Government will also work in partnership with Greater Manchester to develop a local industrial strategy, based on robust evidence, focussed on raising skills, backing business and building on opportunities across the city region.

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