Councillor Claire Thomas has welcomed the announcement today of extra growth deal funding for Hull and the wider region. It means an extra £9.9 million will be coming to the area between 2016 and 2021. This is on top of £103.7million already allocated in July 2014.
The funding is aimed at boosting the local economy and creating jobs.
Councillor Claire Thomas said, “This new funding for the local economy and jobs is more good news for Hull. We’ve already seen the reduction to the Humber Bridge tolls, the commitment to improve Castle Street, and an end to Labour’s proposed backdated port tax that would have cost hundreds of jobs.
“Today’s announcement of money for improvements to the Old Town and to some of Hull’s roads will help us to build a stronger economy locally. And the extra money for further education will help to make sure that our local young people have the skills they need to get the new jobs that are created.”
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said, “A quiet revolution is under way in Hull and across the country, and Growth Deals signal the end of the culture where Whitehall calls the shots. I’ve seen for myself the difference it makes to give local areas real power over skills, over business support, and over infrastructure spending.
"I am delighted to announce the expansion of the Hull and Humber Growth Deal today.
“The Coalition Government has been relentless in our efforts to sort out the public finances and set firm foundations for growth. Growth Deals help create a stronger economy and a fairer society by boosting local economies, and providing more jobs, better transport and affordable homes.”