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Welsh Government now needs to agree to deal

Created on 23/11/2017 @ 20:13
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The Welsh Government now needs to ensure a growth deal for Mid Wales that will inject cash into Newtown and Montgomeryshire, goes ahead, according to politicians and the county council.

Chancellor Philip Hammond yesterday said he was minded to provide cash for Mid Wales as part of growth deals, such as those earmarked for Cardiff and Swansea.

Today, councillors and local politicians welcomed the news and said action is now needed to bring investment into the area.

Montgomeryshire Assembly Member, Russell george, who has consistently championed the need for a Mid Wales Growth Deal, welcomed the Chancellor’s proposal contained in yesterday’s Autumn Budget.

Commenting, Mr George said: “I am delighted that the Chancellor has made a commitment to a Mid Wales Growth Deal. I’m hopeful that the Welsh Government will now follow the Chancellor’s lead with a similar commitment in the near future. We need close collaboration from both the Welsh and UK Governments if a Mid Wales Growth Deal is to become a reality.
“This is something which I have been calling for over many months. The National Assembly’s Economy Committee, which I’m privileged to Chair, has recently made recommendations to the Welsh Government that a Mid Wales Growth Deal would have the potential to transform the economic fortunes of the region. I'm therefore delighted that the issue has now been given national prominence by the UK Government.
“Cardiff and Swansea are set to have City Deals and there are plans afoot for a similar arrangement in North Wales. These new regional deals, worth billions of pounds, are re-shaping the economic development priorities of South and North Wales.
“As a result, all of these regions will see money invested in better transport links, better broadband connectivity as well as other programmes designed to boost innovation, create employment and raise living standards. Mid Wales deserves the same kind of investment.
“Earlier this month, I met with representatives of Station Couriers as well as Ceri Stephens from the Mid Wales Manufacturing Group and Nick Evans who chairs Powys FSB to discuss the prospect for a Mid Wales Growth Deal and to gain their thoughts on how it should work so that it benefits Mid Wales businesses.
“A Mid Wales Deal would complete the jigsaw for an ambitious economic vision for the region which would integrate Mid Wales into the wider Midlands economic engine.”

The Leader of Powys County Council has welcomed the Chancellor’s commitment to a Mid Wales Growth Deal.
During the Autumn Budget, Chancellor Philip Hammond today (Wednesday, November 22) set out plans to build a Welsh economy that is fit for the future.
As part of his speech, the Chancellor announced that the UK government is open to proposals for a Mid Wales Growth Deal.
Commenting on the announcement, Powys County Council Leader, Cllr Rosemarie Harris said: “Growth deals have the potential to re-shape the economic development of a region so I welcome the Chancellor’s commitment to a growth deal for Mid Wales.
“Any growth deal for Mid Wales could improve the transport infrastructure, digital connectivity and help to develop new job opportunities for the region.  This would be of huge benefit to Powys and to Wales as a whole.
“We want to develop a thriving economy in Powys and a growth deal for Mid Wales will help us to achieve that.
“With Cardiff and Swansea having their city deals in place while North Wales are closer to having a growth deal, it is only fair that Mid Wales has the same kind of commitment and investment.
“We will do everything we can to ensure that this happens for Mid Wales and will work with the UK Government, Welsh Government and the business sector to make this a reality.”

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