Andrew Gwynne cautious about ‘Northern Powerhouse’ funding
Tuesday 24th January 2017 @ 16:53 by Lee Wild
Denton & Audenshaw News

Denton MP Andrew Gwynne has urged caution over Government announcements that Greater Manchester are set to receive £130.1m as part of the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ strategy.

Mr Gwynne questioned the money saying: “Obviously any additional funding for Greater Manchester is to be welcomed, but it’s a drop in the ocean compared to the money they’ve cut from the area’s council budgets since 2010.”

The Government say that the north has been revived in recent years following its investment, however figures from solicitors Irwin Mitchell show that all areas of the North, including Tameside and Greater Manchester, still lag behind areas in the south of the country such as London in key areas such as GVA Growth, which measures the value of goods and services produced in an area .

Research by Transport for the North found that only two of the fastest growing towns and cities in England are in the North, with Manchester lagging behind southern towns and cities such as Cambridge, Milton Keynes and London.

Office for National Statistic figures show that the government will spend six times more on transport on people in London and the South-east region than in the North.

Mr Gwynne criticised the decision not to change transport funding saying: “I’m also very concerned that they have absolutely no plans on changing their transport funding at a time when they see fit to spend thousands per person in London and only £289 per head here in the North West.

“Greater Manchester can be the dynamic growth engine the country needs; research by Northern Powerhouse leaders in June showed that if the right investment was made in infrastructure and transport that the northern regions could add 1.56m new jobs by 2050.”

“We all know how bad local transport can be across Audenshaw, Denton, Dukinfield and Reddish, and I’m frustrated that the Government simply doesn’t care. I do, and I’ll aggressively pursue the Ministers for a fairer transport and infrastructure settlement for this constituency and our wider city-region.”