Plans to “level up” transport and infrastructure at the forefront.
The Budget 2020 was released this afternoon and a number of significant announcements for funding in the North West have been made.
The coronavirus outbreak was undoubtedly the main taking point nationally, but where the North West and Greater Manchester is concerned, plans to “level up” transport and infrastructure were at the forefront.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, said:
We will level up the North West with better transport connections and a cash boost to unlock thousands of homes across Manchester.”
Today’s important announcements concerning Greater Manchester are:
• £28.2 million flood defence funding to better protect over 12,500 properties across Manchester and other areas in the region.
• A five-year transport settlement for Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region Combined Authorities starting in 2022-23, which could fund a range of local public transport, cycling and road upgrades.
• International Trade advisers are focused on the Northern Powerhouse to provide personalised support to exporters in these regions.
Another crucial and highly welcomed announcement in Manchester is the promise of £1 billion to remove unsafe cladding from high-rise buildings. This is believed to be following the campaigning by Manchester Cladiators for funding for people affected by cladding on high-rise buildings.
Regarding the budget, Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said:
Today’s Budget has made a start on levelling up the North but in truth it is only a start. Ministers have made a lot of promises to people here over recent months but what has been announced today does not live up to the rhetoric. The Government will need to up its game in the Spending Review later this year if, as the Chancellor might say, they are really going to get the Northern Powerhouse done."