APPG gives strong voice to support the East of England’s economic ambitions

9th May 2018

The East of England LGA is supporting an East of England All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), chaired by Peter Aldous MP and Daniel Zeichner MP.  Over the forthcoming year the group will host a series of evidence sessions which will culminate in a submission to the Treasury in advance of the November budget.

The latest session, which took place on 24 April, brought together leading figures to discuss infrastructure, investment and housing.

Lord Andrew Adonis set the scene by providing the policy and legislative context that local authorities face. Cllr David Finch, Chair of the East of England LGA Growth and Infrastructure Group and Leader of Essex County Council, highlighted the economic achievements and ambitions of the East of England, alongside the housing and infrastructure challenges in the region.

Addressing the MPs and invited witnesses, Cllr Finch said:

"The East of England has the potential to deliver further economic growth if we can secure the investment and infrastructure that is needed to create thriving and sustainable communities."

Cllr Finch emphasised the need for central government to support essential strategic infrastructure investment, devolved decision making and finance to local authorities and local partnerships, as well as the need to tackle barriers to housing delivery and a fair share of investment funding between East of England, London and the North.

The session also included witnesses on digital and utility infrastructure.

The APPG budget submission is an opportunity to inform and influence MPs and Peers, and support the East of England LGA's wider collaborative work with partners in London and the South East to harness our collective strength to help deliver the infrastructure and housing that is vital for the region. Officers at the Association will be working with the APPG secretariat to shape the submission to ensure that the ambitions of councils in the East is reflected.

A third and final evidence session will be held on 12 June focussing on the Industrial Strategy.

For further information see here http://eastofenglandappg.org.uk/

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