The Chancellor to meet Metro Mayors to discuss productivity in the North – crucial to building economy that works for all. He will also see new rail hub linking Manchester’s major stations and a new airport routeAnd reveal talks are progressing well on Leeds’s ‘housing deal’ to unlock thousands of new homes
Phillip Hammond will today convene the Government’s first meeting with all three Metro Mayors from the North of England, to discuss boosting growth across the Northern Powerhouse regions.
Boosting productivity in the region will be top of the agenda when he meets Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, and the Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen. These three areas alone have a population of five million and combined economy worth more than £102 billion.
Employment across the Northern Powerhouse is currently at a record high (73.8%), but Ministers believe more needs to be done to tackle the productivity gap. The Government will continue to support the region through devolution and investment - including record amounts in transport, alongside support for skills and innovation. Ministers will shortly be announcing further funding to improve roads right across the North.
The Chancellor is clear the Northern Powerhouse will have a key role in the Industrial Strategy and efforts to ensure Britain makes the most of the opportunities ahead as we leave the European Union.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond said:
He will also see how work is progressing on a new rail link, Ordsall Chord, which will connect Manchester’s three main train stations, and provide new direct-links to Manchester Airport from across the North of England. This will help support jobs and growth across the region, reducing commuting times and speeding up links to foreign markets – all key to helping boost productivity.
He will travel to Leeds to see progress being made to create up to 700 homes at the Seacroft development in the east of the city. This has received support from the Government through the Home and Communities Agency’s single land programme. The Chancellor will reveal good progress is being made on a ‘housing deal’ with Leeds, which could unlock thousands more new homes. These deals will look to increase the supply of housing in areas of high demand.
Communities and Local Government Secretary, Sajid Javid, said: