The Argus£443m cash boost to create 14,000 jobs and 4,600 new homes (From The Argus)

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Growth deal sees major investment in Sussex's jobs, homes, roads and flood defences

The Argus: County’s £443m cash boost County’s £443m cash boost

INVESTMENT worth £443 million will be pumped into the region after a growth deal was signed.

The six-year investment programme to boost jobs, infrastructure and transport will be poured into Brighton and Hove, Lewes, West Sussex and the Gatwick Diamond.

The deal will begin with £38 million of Government funding in 2015/16, rising to £202 million over six years.

The investment is expected to unlock an additional £83 million from public bodies and £158 million from the private sector – bringing the combined total to £443 million.

It is estimated the deal will create 14,000 jobs, 4,600 new homes and 190,000 square metres of employment space, with investment in flood defences, major transport schemes, international trade and business support.

A further £237 million investment in new housing will be enabled by the deal.

The Whitehall funding was secured following the submission of a strategic economic plan for the region by Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

The LEP is a voluntary body bringing to together public and private investment into the region to boost economic growth, create jobs and homes, improve infrastructure and support business.

David Gauke MP, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury will join Coast to Capital chairman Tim Wates and chief executive Ron Crank to announce the deal today at Gatwick Airport before business leaders.

The LEP applied for £559 million funding in its economic plan, but the £202 million settlement described as a “significant chunk” and hailed as a vote of confidence in the region.

Coast to Capital was told by the Government it had articulated “clear and deliverable vision for the area”. Mr Crank described the award as “extremely significant”.

He said: "Investment in the region’s business infrastructure is vital for its successful future performance and there is much to do. This first phase is only the start.

“Not only do we have to make sure this first year programme is fully delivered, we also have to get ready the investments and projects for the remainder of our six year programme.

“It is clear that, successful as our region already is, we need significant investment in our transport infrastructure, in our key business areas, in our fastest growing companies, in innovation and skills if we, and the UK as a whole, are going to compete internationally.

“We welcome this investment in our region by the Government and our continued discussions about our ambitions.” The settlement includes significant investment in major projects such as the Preston Barracks hi-tech centre and the Circus Street development, both in Brighton, flood defences, homes and workspace in Shoreham and Newhaven, sustainable transport and finance for growing business.

The Growth Deal is not an endorsement of the plans submitted by Coast to Capital, with all development decisions to go through the normal planning process.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Growth Deals are a crucial part of our long-term plan to secure Britain’s future.

“For too long our economy has been too London-focused and too centralised. Growth Deals will help change all that. They are about firing up our great towns and cities, boosting local economies and driving growth across the country.

“This historic deal means real change for people and businesses right across West Sussex, Brighton and Hove and Lewes with big investments, including a new innovation hub in Brighton, improvements to transport links to Crawley, and rolling out superfast broadband and implementing 5G research to boost e-commerce skills across the region.

“Other projects include improvements to flood defences in Newhaven and Shoreham, which will open brownfield sites up for housing and business opportunities, and the acceleration of new homes around Chichester and Croydon.

“By trusting local people, backing business and investing in infrastructure, skills and housing, we can create thousands of new jobs. And that means more economic security, peace of mind and a brighter future for hardworking people across the South.”

Coast to Capital chairman Tim Wates said: “We believe this area has great potential for growth and is able to compete effectively with the most prosperous regions in Europe and indeed globally.

“This first year investment by the Government shows that they too believe in our region’s potential.

“The fact that we have been able to assemble such an ambitious programme with strong public and private sector commitment shows confidence in our area. “We will now convert that confidence into new jobs and prosperity for our businesses, workforce and communities, working in partnership with Government and our local partners.” Councillor Louise Goldsmith, leader of West Sussex County Council, said: “This deal is a great example of collaboration between the public sector, businesses, universities and the wider community.

“It is important we share a view of how to prioritise investment in transport and infrastructure and how we can most effectively support West Sussex businesses to grow and their workforces to succeed.

“This is only the first year of the programme we have agreed for the Coast to Capital area but we are pleased that the Government has backed our plans."

Stewart Wingate, chief executive of Gatwick Airport, said: “This investment will encourage business growth and international trade throughout the region with a thriving Gatwick acting as the gateway to existing and emerging markets.

“This ambitious programme, together with Gatwick's compelling case for a second runway, will help local, regional and national business compete on the global stage.”

The Coast to Capital Growth Deal is part of the Government’s £12 billion plan to revitalise local economies. The Government said deals were the “latest and greatest example of the British economy being rebuilt from the bottom up”.

Coast to Capital wants to double the level of international trade in the area focussing on the Southeast Asian Nations working in partnership with Gatwick airport and other partners.

The Growth Deal follows the Growing Places Fund total allocation worth £23.6 million and the Greater Brighton Deal, which secured the renovation and expansion of New England House, the focal point of Brighton’s technology cluster.

 

Which projects will get what? 

The Preston Barracks Central Research Laboratory, a joint venture between University of Brighton, Cathedral Group and Brighton and Hove City Council to create a new innovation hub to commercialise academic research and support high growth businesses, plus new housing, will get £7.7 million.

In Brighton city centre the Circus Street development, a mixed-use regeneration project of homes, offices, student accommodation and academic buildings will receive up to £2.7 million.

Dilapidated buildings at City College Brighton and Hove and Chichester College will be refurbished to increase trainees, apprentices, disabled learners and links with local businesses, with £11 million in 2015/16 and a further £10 million in 2016/17 for new projects.

Flood Defences will be boosted at Newhaven, opening up brownfield sites for housing and workspace, with new harbour facilities, thanks to £1.5 million.

In Shoreham, flood defences and transport access improvements will allow land to be used for housing and businesses, with £9.5 million investment.

A range of projects to tackle congestion and improve sustainable transport, such as improved walking and cycling links, junctions and traffic management and public transport, will be supported with £31.7 million.

Digital growth will be supported with e-commerce training, superfast broadband and pioneering mobile 5G technology research, with £3.4 million worth of investment.

Finance for growing businesses to create jobs worth £9.5 million will be provided.

The Crawley area will get £18 million for junction improvements, bus priority schemes, modal interchange and walking and cycling.

A Centre of Excellence engineering centre, a collaboration between the University of Brighton and global engineering leader Ricardo, based in Shoreham, to deliver automotive and environmental engineering training and research, will get £7 million funding.

The ASEAN Gateway project at Gatwick Airport will help boost trade with Southeast Asian nations with £3.7 million investment.

The A29 at Bognor Regis will be re-aligned between the new Bognor relief road and the A27 to avoid congestion, with four or five new junctions, cycle and pedestrian facilities and new business and employment opportunities, with £13 million investment.

A wood fuel initiative with the Forestry Commission to encourage sustainable forestry management will get up to £800,000.

The Government also agreed provisional funding in 2016/17 for the Newhaven Port Access Road and Brighton Valley Gardens Phase 3 – transport network improvements to allow new business and innovation space, regeneration of existing area and new housing development.

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7:21am Mon 7 Jul 14

Sussex jim says...

Good news. Now thank the Conservative Government.
Good news. Now thank the Conservative Government. Sussex jim
  • Score: -6

8:15am Mon 7 Jul 14

Max Ripple says...

So where exactly is the expected £83 million in public funding going to come from if local authorities are having their central govt funding cut year on year? And there is a mention of a further £237 million in money expected for housing but no mention of where it is coming from. Can someone enlighten me, please?
This is nothing but a Tory bribe at the beginning of an election year. We can thank them for all the hardship overbite last four years first.
So where exactly is the expected £83 million in public funding going to come from if local authorities are having their central govt funding cut year on year? And there is a mention of a further £237 million in money expected for housing but no mention of where it is coming from. Can someone enlighten me, please? This is nothing but a Tory bribe at the beginning of an election year. We can thank them for all the hardship overbite last four years first. Max Ripple
  • Score: 11

8:47am Mon 7 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

"..secure Britain's future..."

Why.....is Britain in danger of not existing, or something?
"..secure Britain's future..." Why.....is Britain in danger of not existing, or something? stevo!!
  • Score: 4

9:38am Mon 7 Jul 14

Quiterie says...

This certainly sounds like good news. It is however impossible to judge whether these investments schemes have been successful and provided value for money or not.
This certainly sounds like good news. It is however impossible to judge whether these investments schemes have been successful and provided value for money or not. Quiterie
  • Score: 11

10:12am Mon 7 Jul 14

Fercri Sakes says...

Hmm, sounds a little bit fishy. So much corporate double speak. Let's see how much of that money ends up going towards jobs, and how much to help large companies maximise their profits.

This just doesn't make sense, "implementing 5G research to boost e-commerce skills". And I wonder how much of the rest is nonsense to make us all happy Tory voters come next Spring.
Hmm, sounds a little bit fishy. So much corporate double speak. Let's see how much of that money ends up going towards jobs, and how much to help large companies maximise their profits. This just doesn't make sense, "implementing 5G research to boost e-commerce skills". And I wonder how much of the rest is nonsense to make us all happy Tory voters come next Spring. Fercri Sakes
  • Score: 10

10:22am Mon 7 Jul 14

Fercri Sakes says...

It would also be interesting to know if Coast to Capital chairman Tim Wates and chief executive Ron Crank have any business connections that would benefit financially from this government cash.

They also say that "A further £237 million investment in new housing will be enabled by the deal." Sounds good on paper but what is that money? Will it just go to clean up brown field sites so that the developers don't have to do it themselves? I take it that these will be privately owned, so are we just giving our tax money away to these house building companies? They are already making record profits.

Is this like the Royal Mail sell off where the Tories are just giving what we own away as corporate benefits to the mega rich? Remind me who the 'scroungers' are again Mr Cameron?
It would also be interesting to know if Coast to Capital chairman Tim Wates and chief executive Ron Crank have any business connections that would benefit financially from this government cash. They also say that "A further £237 million investment in new housing will be enabled by the deal." Sounds good on paper but what is that money? Will it just go to clean up brown field sites so that the developers don't have to do it themselves? I take it that these will be privately owned, so are we just giving our tax money away to these house building companies? They are already making record profits. Is this like the Royal Mail sell off where the Tories are just giving what we own away as corporate benefits to the mega rich? Remind me who the 'scroungers' are again Mr Cameron? Fercri Sakes
  • Score: 11

10:36am Mon 7 Jul 14

makoshark says...

Fercri Sakes wrote:
It would also be interesting to know if Coast to Capital chairman Tim Wates and chief executive Ron Crank have any business connections that would benefit financially from this government cash.

They also say that "A further £237 million investment in new housing will be enabled by the deal." Sounds good on paper but what is that money? Will it just go to clean up brown field sites so that the developers don't have to do it themselves? I take it that these will be privately owned, so are we just giving our tax money away to these house building companies? They are already making record profits.

Is this like the Royal Mail sell off where the Tories are just giving what we own away as corporate benefits to the mega rich? Remind me who the 'scroungers' are again Mr Cameron?
Is the party in administration really of relevance? Are they all not the same wherein it's truly a case of 'looking after number one' and saying "FUJIMAR" !...
[quote][p][bold]Fercri Sakes[/bold] wrote: It would also be interesting to know if Coast to Capital chairman Tim Wates and chief executive Ron Crank have any business connections that would benefit financially from this government cash. They also say that "A further £237 million investment in new housing will be enabled by the deal." Sounds good on paper but what is that money? Will it just go to clean up brown field sites so that the developers don't have to do it themselves? I take it that these will be privately owned, so are we just giving our tax money away to these house building companies? They are already making record profits. Is this like the Royal Mail sell off where the Tories are just giving what we own away as corporate benefits to the mega rich? Remind me who the 'scroungers' are again Mr Cameron?[/p][/quote]Is the party in administration really of relevance? Are they all not the same wherein it's truly a case of 'looking after number one' and saying "FUJIMAR" !... makoshark
  • Score: 8

11:54am Mon 7 Jul 14

rolivan says...

So they are going to build a Central Research Laboratory at Preston Barracks, will this enable them to find out where the people that work there are going to Live? The Council should put a Compulsory Purchase order on Aston House. The City needs more Acommodation before bringing in more residents.
So they are going to build a Central Research Laboratory at Preston Barracks, will this enable them to find out where the people that work there are going to Live? The Council should put a Compulsory Purchase order on Aston House. The City needs more Acommodation before bringing in more residents. rolivan
  • Score: 7

12:56pm Mon 7 Jul 14

fredaj says...

Max Ripple wrote:
So where exactly is the expected £83 million in public funding going to come from if local authorities are having their central govt funding cut year on year? And there is a mention of a further £237 million in money expected for housing but no mention of where it is coming from. Can someone enlighten me, please?
This is nothing but a Tory bribe at the beginning of an election year. We can thank them for all the hardship overbite last four years first.
First - what hardship? Seems to me it is just something that a few people complain about for political effect rather than experience.

Next - local authorities having their budgets cut (and isn't it amazing that most are coping quite nicely with a bit less money to squander) has nothing to do with other funding for other projects. Why would it?

And finally - where does it come from? Taxes mainly.
[quote][p][bold]Max Ripple[/bold] wrote: So where exactly is the expected £83 million in public funding going to come from if local authorities are having their central govt funding cut year on year? And there is a mention of a further £237 million in money expected for housing but no mention of where it is coming from. Can someone enlighten me, please? This is nothing but a Tory bribe at the beginning of an election year. We can thank them for all the hardship overbite last four years first.[/p][/quote]First - what hardship? Seems to me it is just something that a few people complain about for political effect rather than experience. Next - local authorities having their budgets cut (and isn't it amazing that most are coping quite nicely with a bit less money to squander) has nothing to do with other funding for other projects. Why would it? And finally - where does it come from? Taxes mainly. fredaj
  • Score: -4

1:21pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Quiterie says...

fredaj wrote:
Max Ripple wrote:
So where exactly is the expected £83 million in public funding going to come from if local authorities are having their central govt funding cut year on year? And there is a mention of a further £237 million in money expected for housing but no mention of where it is coming from. Can someone enlighten me, please?
This is nothing but a Tory bribe at the beginning of an election year. We can thank them for all the hardship overbite last four years first.
First - what hardship? Seems to me it is just something that a few people complain about for political effect rather than experience.

Next - local authorities having their budgets cut (and isn't it amazing that most are coping quite nicely with a bit less money to squander) has nothing to do with other funding for other projects. Why would it?

And finally - where does it come from? Taxes mainly.
In answer to your question 'What hardship', food banks have seen a fifteen-fold increase of visitors since 2010.

There has also been a significant increase in the number of people in poverty (according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies).
[quote][p][bold]fredaj[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Max Ripple[/bold] wrote: So where exactly is the expected £83 million in public funding going to come from if local authorities are having their central govt funding cut year on year? And there is a mention of a further £237 million in money expected for housing but no mention of where it is coming from. Can someone enlighten me, please? This is nothing but a Tory bribe at the beginning of an election year. We can thank them for all the hardship overbite last four years first.[/p][/quote]First - what hardship? Seems to me it is just something that a few people complain about for political effect rather than experience. Next - local authorities having their budgets cut (and isn't it amazing that most are coping quite nicely with a bit less money to squander) has nothing to do with other funding for other projects. Why would it? And finally - where does it come from? Taxes mainly.[/p][/quote]In answer to your question 'What hardship', food banks have seen a fifteen-fold increase of visitors since 2010. There has also been a significant increase in the number of people in poverty (according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies). Quiterie
  • Score: 7

1:23pm Mon 7 Jul 14

norris1922 says...

How much investment will go to the people of Brighton. Seems a lot going to universities s again
How much investment will go to the people of Brighton. Seems a lot going to universities s again norris1922
  • Score: 9

1:46pm Mon 7 Jul 14

martyt says...

Sussex jim wrote:
Good news. Now thank the Conservative Government.
don t you read the news there is no conservative government ,there is a coalition government in power part of which is made up of tories and that soon to be dead party the limp dems
[quote][p][bold]Sussex jim[/bold] wrote: Good news. Now thank the Conservative Government.[/p][/quote]don t you read the news there is no conservative government ,there is a coalition government in power part of which is made up of tories and that soon to be dead party the limp dems martyt
  • Score: 1

4:12pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Fairfax Aches says...

A range of projects to tackle congestion and improve sustainable transport, such as improved walking and cycling links..."

i.e. turn more roads into cycle lanes....arrgggghhh!
!!!!!!
A range of projects to tackle congestion and improve sustainable transport, such as improved walking and cycling links..." i.e. turn more roads into cycle lanes....arrgggghhh! !!!!!! Fairfax Aches
  • Score: -1

4:32pm Mon 7 Jul 14

monkeymoo says...

More homes equals more people.

How exactly are these thousands of extra people supposed to;
1. Be protected. Due to cuts in the police force?
2. Be rescued / protected. Due to cuts in the Fire service?
3. Be looked after. Due to cuts in the NHS?

All 3 are already already struggling to cope with the existing demands of the area. This will only put more strain on them.

As for the funding, I'm guessing it will come from the billions saved in paying public sector workers the pensions they were promised!
More homes equals more people. How exactly are these thousands of extra people supposed to; 1. Be protected. Due to cuts in the police force? 2. Be rescued / protected. Due to cuts in the Fire service? 3. Be looked after. Due to cuts in the NHS? All 3 are already already struggling to cope with the existing demands of the area. This will only put more strain on them. As for the funding, I'm guessing it will come from the billions saved in paying public sector workers the pensions they were promised! monkeymoo
  • Score: 1

5:17pm Mon 7 Jul 14

makoshark says...

monkeymoo wrote:
More homes equals more people.

How exactly are these thousands of extra people supposed to;
1. Be protected. Due to cuts in the police force?
2. Be rescued / protected. Due to cuts in the Fire service?
3. Be looked after. Due to cuts in the NHS?

All 3 are already already struggling to cope with the existing demands of the area. This will only put more strain on them.

As for the funding, I'm guessing it will come from the billions saved in paying public sector workers the pensions they were promised!
Good questions !... but unfortunately I suspect there are no workable answers (as usual) so the vicious circle simply continues !
[quote][p][bold]monkeymoo[/bold] wrote: More homes equals more people. How exactly are these thousands of extra people supposed to; 1. Be protected. Due to cuts in the police force? 2. Be rescued / protected. Due to cuts in the Fire service? 3. Be looked after. Due to cuts in the NHS? All 3 are already already struggling to cope with the existing demands of the area. This will only put more strain on them. As for the funding, I'm guessing it will come from the billions saved in paying public sector workers the pensions they were promised![/p][/quote]Good questions !... but unfortunately I suspect there are no workable answers (as usual) so the vicious circle simply continues ! makoshark
  • Score: 1

5:29pm Mon 7 Jul 14

fredaj says...

Quiterie wrote:
fredaj wrote:
Max Ripple wrote:
So where exactly is the expected £83 million in public funding going to come from if local authorities are having their central govt funding cut year on year? And there is a mention of a further £237 million in money expected for housing but no mention of where it is coming from. Can someone enlighten me, please?
This is nothing but a Tory bribe at the beginning of an election year. We can thank them for all the hardship overbite last four years first.
First - what hardship? Seems to me it is just something that a few people complain about for political effect rather than experience.

Next - local authorities having their budgets cut (and isn't it amazing that most are coping quite nicely with a bit less money to squander) has nothing to do with other funding for other projects. Why would it?

And finally - where does it come from? Taxes mainly.
In answer to your question 'What hardship', food banks have seen a fifteen-fold increase of visitors since 2010.

There has also been a significant increase in the number of people in poverty (according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies).
Poverty is relative - 60% of the median income - so as more people earn more, the level at which poverty is "declared" also increases.

And as for food banks, these are new in such numbers and are now filling a need that has always been there - mainly for when people's benefits get stopped for whatever reason. But the million meals a year is still a very small amount when you consider the 65 million people who live in the UK eat 65 X 365 millions meals a year.
[quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fredaj[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Max Ripple[/bold] wrote: So where exactly is the expected £83 million in public funding going to come from if local authorities are having their central govt funding cut year on year? And there is a mention of a further £237 million in money expected for housing but no mention of where it is coming from. Can someone enlighten me, please? This is nothing but a Tory bribe at the beginning of an election year. We can thank them for all the hardship overbite last four years first.[/p][/quote]First - what hardship? Seems to me it is just something that a few people complain about for political effect rather than experience. Next - local authorities having their budgets cut (and isn't it amazing that most are coping quite nicely with a bit less money to squander) has nothing to do with other funding for other projects. Why would it? And finally - where does it come from? Taxes mainly.[/p][/quote]In answer to your question 'What hardship', food banks have seen a fifteen-fold increase of visitors since 2010. There has also been a significant increase in the number of people in poverty (according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies).[/p][/quote]Poverty is relative - 60% of the median income - so as more people earn more, the level at which poverty is "declared" also increases. And as for food banks, these are new in such numbers and are now filling a need that has always been there - mainly for when people's benefits get stopped for whatever reason. But the million meals a year is still a very small amount when you consider the 65 million people who live in the UK eat 65 X 365 millions meals a year. fredaj
  • Score: -3

6:35pm Mon 7 Jul 14

rayellerton says...

Still no investment in new council housing for Brighton and Hove....
Still no investment in new council housing for Brighton and Hove.... rayellerton
  • Score: 2

9:20pm Mon 7 Jul 14

wippasnapper says...

Quiterie wrote:
This certainly sounds like good news. It is however impossible to judge whether these investments schemes have been successful and provided value for money or not.
Good news for how the University of Brighton how appear to be getting the grater sum of money for even more “student accommodation” + Research et buildings for student.
[quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: This certainly sounds like good news. It is however impossible to judge whether these investments schemes have been successful and provided value for money or not.[/p][/quote]Good news for how the University of Brighton how appear to be getting the grater sum of money for even more “student accommodation” + Research et buildings for student. wippasnapper
  • Score: 0

9:52pm Mon 7 Jul 14

wippasnapper says...

Good news for who the University of Brighton who appear to be getting the marguerite of the grant in B&H even more “student accommodation” + Research et buildings for student little is being spent on affordable housing The Preston Barracks was once reposed to be a mixer of affordable housing but this year the suit was handed over to the University of Brighton for more “student accommodation” that’s all we seem to be hearing these days more and more “student accommodation” more student Research et buildings bugger the ordinary people that live, work and pay extortionate council tax who can’t find affordable accommodation and Under conservatives the Coop building was to be used for affordable housing but it to was handed over to the University of Brighton for more “student accommodation before lone Brighton will be for students only and people working hear will live on the outskirts of Brighton, in over 50 years the University of Brighton has being building on its own suit but now with the Greens in power less is being spent on the up keep of Brighten and its residents that make this city what it is WE pay for the upkeep of this city the student may bring money in but they also cost the city a lot of money cleaning up after them and if it ate the student it’s the dam inconsiderate cyclists that have money spent on them.
Good news for who the University of Brighton who appear to be getting the marguerite of the grant in B&H even more “student accommodation” + Research et buildings for student little is being spent on affordable housing The Preston Barracks was once reposed to be a mixer of affordable housing but this year the suit was handed over to the University of Brighton for more “student accommodation” that’s all we seem to be hearing these days more and more “student accommodation” more student Research et buildings bugger the ordinary people that live, work and pay extortionate council tax who can’t find affordable accommodation and Under conservatives the Coop building was to be used for affordable housing but it to was handed over to the University of Brighton for more “student accommodation before lone Brighton will be for students only and people working hear will live on the outskirts of Brighton, in over 50 years the University of Brighton has being building on its own suit but now with the Greens in power less is being spent on the up keep of Brighten and its residents that make this city what it is WE pay for the upkeep of this city the student may bring money in but they also cost the city a lot of money cleaning up after them and if it ate the student it’s the dam inconsiderate cyclists that have money spent on them. wippasnapper
  • Score: 1

10:26pm Mon 7 Jul 14

cynic_the says...

Quiterie wrote:
fredaj wrote:
Max Ripple wrote:
So where exactly is the expected £83 million in public funding going to come from if local authorities are having their central govt funding cut year on year? And there is a mention of a further £237 million in money expected for housing but no mention of where it is coming from. Can someone enlighten me, please?
This is nothing but a Tory bribe at the beginning of an election year. We can thank them for all the hardship overbite last four years first.
First - what hardship? Seems to me it is just something that a few people complain about for political effect rather than experience.

Next - local authorities having their budgets cut (and isn't it amazing that most are coping quite nicely with a bit less money to squander) has nothing to do with other funding for other projects. Why would it?

And finally - where does it come from? Taxes mainly.
In answer to your question 'What hardship', food banks have seen a fifteen-fold increase of visitors since 2010.

There has also been a significant increase in the number of people in poverty (according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies).
Hmmm, food banks have also seen a twenty-fold increase in advertising...
[quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fredaj[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Max Ripple[/bold] wrote: So where exactly is the expected £83 million in public funding going to come from if local authorities are having their central govt funding cut year on year? And there is a mention of a further £237 million in money expected for housing but no mention of where it is coming from. Can someone enlighten me, please? This is nothing but a Tory bribe at the beginning of an election year. We can thank them for all the hardship overbite last four years first.[/p][/quote]First - what hardship? Seems to me it is just something that a few people complain about for political effect rather than experience. Next - local authorities having their budgets cut (and isn't it amazing that most are coping quite nicely with a bit less money to squander) has nothing to do with other funding for other projects. Why would it? And finally - where does it come from? Taxes mainly.[/p][/quote]In answer to your question 'What hardship', food banks have seen a fifteen-fold increase of visitors since 2010. There has also been a significant increase in the number of people in poverty (according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies).[/p][/quote]Hmmm, food banks have also seen a twenty-fold increase in advertising... cynic_the
  • Score: -2

7:04am Tue 8 Jul 14

We love Red Billy says...

Fercri Sakes wrote:
It would also be interesting to know if Coast to Capital chairman Tim Wates and chief executive Ron Crank have any business connections that would benefit financially from this government cash.

They also say that "A further £237 million investment in new housing will be enabled by the deal." Sounds good on paper but what is that money? Will it just go to clean up brown field sites so that the developers don't have to do it themselves? I take it that these will be privately owned, so are we just giving our tax money away to these house building companies? They are already making record profits.

Is this like the Royal Mail sell off where the Tories are just giving what we own away as corporate benefits to the mega rich? Remind me who the 'scroungers' are again Mr Cameron?
Jason Kitcat is a director of this company. The same company that pushed through the i360. Funny that.
[quote][p][bold]Fercri Sakes[/bold] wrote: It would also be interesting to know if Coast to Capital chairman Tim Wates and chief executive Ron Crank have any business connections that would benefit financially from this government cash. They also say that "A further £237 million investment in new housing will be enabled by the deal." Sounds good on paper but what is that money? Will it just go to clean up brown field sites so that the developers don't have to do it themselves? I take it that these will be privately owned, so are we just giving our tax money away to these house building companies? They are already making record profits. Is this like the Royal Mail sell off where the Tories are just giving what we own away as corporate benefits to the mega rich? Remind me who the 'scroungers' are again Mr Cameron?[/p][/quote]Jason Kitcat is a director of this company. The same company that pushed through the i360. Funny that. We love Red Billy
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