Government to give Greater Manchester an extra £6.2 million to fill potholes across region
The UK government has allocated councils in Greater Manchester over £6.2 million extra to tackle potholes across the region.
After research carried out by Manchester-based personal injury specialists at JMW Solicitors back in 2020, combined with data provided by fixmystreet.com, uncovered that, as of January 2021, there were a total 7,114 reported open pothole cases in the region, it’s now been revealed that local councils will receive extra funding from the government to tackle rising numbers.
Chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced an extra £200 million will be allocated to tackling the “curse of potholes” in his first Budget for 2023 yesterday.
Mr Hunt says the extra funding follows “a wet then cold winter”.
He told MPs in the House of Commons yesterday: “I received particularly strong representations from my honourable friend from North Devon, South West Devon and Newton Abbott, as well as Councillor Peter Martin from my own constituency about the curse of potholes.
“The spending review allocated £500 million every year to the potholes fund, but today, I’ve decided to increase that fund by a further £200 million.”
He added that the further £200 million will be to “help local communities tackle this problem”.
The total of £6,210,400 extra funding allocated for Greater Manchester is to be distributed across all 10 boroughs, but it hasn’t been confirmed at this point whether this will be evenly distributed or based on the number of potholes in each region.
As well as Greater Manchester, fellow North West regions have also been awarded various sums of money from the fund.
Lancashire is to get £5,122,000, an extra £2,319,600 will go to Cheshire East and £1,765,200 to Cheshire West and Chester, while Blackburn with Darwen will receive £428,000, and Liverpool City Region will be given £3,754,400.
It is believed, however, that some regions will receive Private Finance initiatives (PFIs) rather than the government funding, according to ITV News – which is a way for the public sector to finance significant public works projects through the private sector to essentially take the burden off the government.
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The government will then repay private firms over a long term.
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