1. ITV Report

Multi-million pound funding bid to be lodged

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A funding bid that could see millions of pounds allocated to boost economic growth in Cumbria and southern Scotland is set to be lodged.

The proposals are being submitted to the UK and Scottish Governments later this month by the Borderlands Partnership. The partnership brings together the five cross-border local authorities - Carlisle City Council, Cumbria County Council, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Northumberland County Council and Scottish Borders Council - to promote the economic growth and competitiveness of the area that straddles the Scotland-England border.

“Since the Borderlands Conference in June 2018 we have been working with partners to refine the ideas and proposals, taking on board partners’ comments and using evidence to help shape our business cases. We have worked with civil servants from both UK and Scottish Governments and other partners to co-develop our business cases and the overall Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal proposal.

“Each of the local authority partners is considering the proposal over the coming weeks and we are on target to submit our Deal proposal to the UK and Scottish Governments by the end of September.”

– Borderlands Partnership spokesperson