Powerhouse pledge ‘remains strong’

Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry MP today reaffirmed the government’s commitment to the project as it reached its five year milestone.

The Rossendale and Darwen MP said the aim remained the same – to support people across the North to reach their full potential.

He said: “The Northern Powerhouse was created five years ago because communities across the North had been overlooked for too long.

“The Northern Powerhouse is more than a plan for the future; it is a story of success.

“From record investment in transport to more than £5bn in devolution and growth deals across the North, we are making progress towards rebalancing our economy but we are determined to do even more to make sure the whole of the North can reach its full potential.”

In a statement to mark the milestone, the government said it was looking ahead to the next five years with “an ambitious strategy”.

And it said there had been £13bn transport investment and 287,000 more jobs in the North since launch of Northern Powerhouse.

Outgoing Prime Minister said: Minister Theresa May said: “We launched the Northern Powerhouse to support a thriving Northern economy and ensure this country works for everyone. Five years on, our pledge is stronger than ever.

We’re working to ensure our great Northern cities and communities have the power and resources they need to succeed.

“From kickstarting the biggest transfer of power to local leaders since the Second World War, to driving up exports and spending billions on vital transport links, we’re working to ensure our great Northern cities and communities have the power and resources they need to succeed.

“But there is much more to do, which is why it must remain a top priority for government to do all it can to unlock the North’s vast potential, so that both at home and on the international stage the Northern Powerhouse continues to thrive.”