Hiba Mahamadi 02 October 2017

Northern Powerhouse gets £400m funding boost

Northern Powerhouse gets £400m funding boost image

Chancellor Philip Hammond is expected to announce an extra £400m for the north of England at the Conservative Party conference today.

Some £100m will be put aside for new housing, businesses and roads in the north.

The remaining £300m will be invested in Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, York and Leicester to develop the HS2 railway line between London and the North.

George Osborne, chair of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP), said: 'It’s very welcome that the Chancellor has listened to communities and businesses across the North calling for this downpayment on Northern Powerhouse Rail - and it demonstrates the impact the North can have when we act in partnership and speak with one voice.'

Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen, said: ‘This is another example of the Government’s commitment to the Tees Valley and Northern Powerhouse.

‘I’ve launched ambitious plans over the summer that will transform the Tees Valley’s road and rail network, and I am sure this funding will go some way to helping us achieve our bold vision.’

However, the chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport, Stephen Joseph, warned that the £100m for road improvements should be spent on fixing existing old roads instead of simply adding to the road network, which he said would not solve congestion problems.

PWLB hike: A rise too far? image

PWLB hike: A rise too far?

What impact will the increase to the Public Works Loan Board rate have on councils’ housing and other capital schemes? Neil Merrick investigates.
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Head of HR/OD

Babergh & Mid Suffolk
£60,000 circa
The role will involve working closely with the Senior Leadership Team and Chief Executive to lead our People Strategy and... Ipswich, Suffolk
Recuriter: Babergh & Mid Suffolk

Senior Manager - Children's Improvement and Corporate Relationship Manager

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£49,906 - £51,650
Looking for an individual with experience and understanding of children’s services and the challenges and opportunities... Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Senior Applications Analyst

Camden London Borough Council
£40,829 - £47,360 per annum
Seeking a Senior Application Analyst to lead on the provision of prompt and effective technical support of key corporate business and... Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Occupational Health Advisor

North Yorkshire County Council
£34,788 per annum To £38,813 per annum
Looking for that unique opportunity to prove what can be achieved when working alongside a team of dedicated professionals and experts... Northallerton, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

EDT Social Worker AMHP

North Yorkshire County Council
£31,401 - £38,052
Are you a qualified Social Worker or qualified Social Worker Approved Mental Health Professional looking for a new challenge? Northallerton, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

This issue of Local Government News explores what impact the increase to the Public Works Loan Board rate have on councils’ capital schemes and why adopting AI will not just improve customer service response times for councils.

This issue also finds out how local government pension funds are backing infrastructure projects and calls on local government to get better value from its technology spend.

Register for your free magazine