Government gives Berry housing and business remit

The Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry MP will now also be a joint minister at the Ministry of Housing and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

According to a Government statement, Berry’s work across both departments will mean he has increased oversight and co-ordination of local economic growth, and will connect policies such as the £1.6bn Stronger Towns Fund and the Northern Powerhouse to the delivery of the Government’s Modern Industrial Strategy.

The appointment comes ahead of a refreshed Northern Powerhouse Strategy, due to be published later this year.

Berry said: “At the heart of the Northern Powerhouse is an unshakeable partnership between business, communities and Government.

“We’re investing more into transport in the North than any other government in history, and with nearly 50% of the North represented by Metro Mayors, a Northern Powerhouse economy worth over £339bn, and now, with an expanded, cross-Governmental ministerial position, that partnership is stronger than ever.

“I’m delighted to accept this new appointment and I’m grateful to the Prime Minister for the unwavering support she has given to the Northern Powerhouse.

“We are on the cusp of a new era for the North with our modern Industrial Strategy boosting economic growth, supporting advanced manufacturing and creating the right economic conditions to make the Northern Powerhouse one of the most competitive, business-friendly regions not just in the UK but in the world.”

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