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'No delay' in RGF distribution, according to Minister

Earlier this year the National Audit Office found a significant amount of the Government's Regional Growth Fund was still to be allocated.

Today, the Minister Simon Hughes said there is no longer any delay in distributing the money, which is designed to boost jobs and growth in areas reliant on the public sector.

Mr Hughes was speaking as he announced eleven winning North East projects, which will receive support from the fifth round of the RGF:

RGF 'taking far too long' says North East Labour MP

The Labour MP for Hartlepool, and Shadow Industry Minister, says he welcomes investment in the region.

The Government has announced that eleven North East projects have been chosen to receive money from the fifth round of the Regional Growth Fund.

However, Iain Wright says the process for allocating money needs to be improved, as it is taking too long for Regional Growth funding to find its way to the regions:

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Teesside firm reacts to new funding

A Government Minister has been visiting a firm on Teesside, which is benefitting from the fifth round of the Regional Growth Fund.

Simon Hughes was shown around Tinsley Special Products in Stockton. It has received money from the scheme in the past and will use the latest funding to help create a new site in Peterlee. The RGF aims to generate jobs and growth in areas reliant on the public sector.

Stuart Arnold, Managing Director of Tinsley Special Products, said the new funding will allow him to boost the export side of his business.

Government Minister announces Regional Growth Fund winners on Teesside

Government Minister Simon Hughes visiting Tinsley Special Products on Teesside. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The Justice Minister Simon Hughes has been visiting Tinsley Special Products on Teesside, which is one of 11 North East companies receiving money in the latest round of the Regional Growth Fund.

The RGF aims to help businesses expand and create jobs, and is aimed particularly at areas reliant on the public sector.

The Justice Minister Simon Hughes visiting Tinsley Special Products on Teesside. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Government funding jobs boost

Hundreds of jobs in the North East will be secured and created thanks to a funding boost from the government.

Eleven companies across the region will get a share of £57 million being put towards business growth.

Cleveland Potash Limited is one of the eleven to receive a grant.

Strike: RMT says there's 'no option'

Rail workers' union RMT have announced that staff at the Northern Rail maintenance depot at Heaton in Newcastle are to take a full week of strike action starting on Thursday. The claim is that management has left 'no option' other than to strike.

“Despite a rock solid 48 hour strike in February, and total support for the overtime ban, management refuse to take our members concerns seriously and have left us with no option other than to ratchet up the action with a week-long strike starting this Thursday.“This dispute has been forced on us by the management’s continuing and stubborn refusal to take the real nature of these jobs into account through the re-grading process and it is now down to them to rectify the situation. RMT remains available for talks.”

– RMT Acting General Secretary Mick Cash
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