East of England APPG launches Budget submission in Parliament

The East of England All Parliamentary Group has published its submission to this year’s Budget..

The East of England All-Party Parliamentary Group has published its submission to this year’s Budget.

The group’s submission to the Treasury calls for:

  • The huge potential of the East of England to contribute to UK prosperity to be better reflected in Government’s thinking, its priorities and in its investment plans.
  • Government to ensure East of England receives a fair share of infrastructure investment – to maintain global competitiveness and continue its net contribution to the Treasury
  • Greater devolution – to local authorities, Sub National Transport bodies and to LEPs as well as at the region-wide level on some strategic issues.

The launch, which took place on 5 September 2018, saw MPs, local politicians and leading figures from business come together to support the submission. Speakers at the launch included the Kwasi Kwarteng MP, PPS to Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon Philip Hammond, and Lord Porter of Spalding, Chairman of the LGA.

The Budget submission, entitled ‘Building together the foundations of more productivity, prosperity and inclusivity in the East of England’ represents nine months’ work of the APPG and sets out how the Government can help the region’s ambitions to create an even stronger and more inclusive economy.

It is co-signed by the APPG officers, the Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, the region’s LEPs, and all supporters of the APPG including the East of England LGA, British Sugar, London Stansted Airport, the A120 campaign, Astra Zeneca and Anglian Water.

The Association has worked with the APPG secretariat to ensure that submission reflects the ambitions of councils in the East is reflected, and in particular helps to deliver the infrastructure and housing that is vital for the region.

Peter Aldous, MP for Waveney and Co-chair of the APPG, said:

“The East of England is the UK’s jobs powerhouse. It is one of the country’s fastest growing regions, both in population and economy. There has been significant investment in recent years, though there is a need to better recognise the region’s importance and untapped potential, including the fact that it is one of only three UK regions to contribute more in tax than it receives in public money. The East of England is at the forefront of global excellence and innovation – and a frontrunner in attracting business.”

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge and Co-chair of the APPG, said:

“Cambridge is set to become England’s second largest city by value in the next three decades – if it secures the necessary support from both the public and private sectors. This must be done in a sensitive, sustainable way that ensures Cambridge remains attractive, while allowing our world leading science and innovation assets to increase the spread and pace of growth and development across the whole of the region.”

The full submission can be found at: http://eastofenglandappg.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/FINAL-EofE-Parliamentary-Submission.pdf

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