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Northern Powerhouse wins as PM unveils industrial strategy

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Prime minister Theresa May has allocated £556m to local enterprise partnership across the Northern Powerhouse as part of the launch of the government’s industrial strategy.

Projects to be financed include an integrated freight terminal at Goole, an advanced manufacturing park in Sunderland and South Tyneside, and flood resilience measures in Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Kirklees, and Leeds.

The strategy, due to be elaborated in a green paper later today, rests on deals between the government and specified industrial sectors that make a case for needing Whitehall support to grow.

Sectors covered by the first such deals are life sciences, ultra-low emission vehicles, industrial digitalisation, nuclear and creative industries.

The information provided by the government so far has not made any specific mention of local government’s involvement in the industrial strategy.

New Local Government Network director Adam Lent said ministers would “have to work really closely with local government to drive the sorts of creative and innovative places that will turn the UK into the really competitive nation”.

Localis chief executive, Liam Booth-Smith, said Ms May should plan to work with places showing the highest economic potential and “give new powers to city and regional leaders to ensure they can deliver on her vision”.

Ms May said: “The modern industrial strategy will be underpinned by a new approach to government, not just stepping back but stepping up to a new, active role that backs business and ensures more people in all corners of the country share in the benefits of its success.”

The strategy will be supported by a new system of technical education, upgraded infrastructure, and unspecified measures to “better align central government infrastructure investment with local growth priorities”.

The government said it was possible some areas had “missing institutions which we could create, or existing ones we could strengthen, be they local civic or educational institutions, trade associations or financial networks”.

The financial allocations to Northern Powerhouse local enterprise partnerships are:

  • Cheshire and Warrington £43.3m
  • Cumbria £12.7m
  • Greater Manchester £130.1m
  • Humber £27.9m
  • Lancashire £69.8m
  • Leeds City Region £67.5m
  • Liverpool City Region £72.0m
  • North Eastern £49.7m
  • Sheffield City Region £37.8m
  • Tees Valley £21.8m
  • York, North Yorkshire, East Riding £23.7m
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