Be an active government across the UK
Last updated: 03:12pm 8 December 2019
Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.32
So we will be an active government, in every part of the UK.
Over the last decade, the government has gradually shifted its functions and planning powers away from London. To date, there are 10 devolution deals and about 30 city and region deals in the UK, all expected to boost regional development. In the context of working with devolved administrations and distributing growth opportunities, the government promised to be active in every part of the UK.
In February 2018, the government financed the fifth wave of the Coastal Communities Fund, opened in 2012, allocating £50.7 million to 47 projects to boost growth. In September 2019, under the fund, the government allocated an extra £10 million to 5 new projects.
In August 2018, the government signed the Edinburgh & South East Scotland City Region Deal which should result in £1.3 billion of investment in the region over 15 years. In March 2019, the annual report on devolution showed that government had signed a devolution deal for the North of Tyne, and updated its agreements with the West Midlands and Greater Manchester.
Also in March 2019, the Stronger Towns Fund was launched, which will allocate £1.6 billion to town development through a needs-based formula. In September 2019, the fund was combined with the Future High Streets Fund, reaching a total of £3.6 billion.
In July 2019, the government signed the Borderlands Growth Deal, committing £394.5 million to the five local authority areas on either side of the border between England and Scotland.
There’s lots more we could have included in judging progress on this policy because it’s so wide ranging – it could be interpreted as meaning, “We will do our job”. The related policy below links to many other verdicts which have a bearing on this one. The initiatives outlined above, covering towns, cities, coastal communities and borderlands, are evidence of government action right across the UK. This policy is ‘done’.
Get the facts from every part of the UK!
- £1.6 billion Stronger Towns Fund launched – Gov.uk
- Government Brexit fund pledges £1.6bn for councils after £15bn cuts since 2010 – Channel 4
- Local Enterprise Partnerships: an update on progress – National Audit Office
- Introduction to devolution in the UK – Parliament.uk
- City Region Deals in Scotland inquiry – Parliament.uk
- City Deals and Growth Deals in Wales inquiry – Parliament.uk
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