LEPs awarded infrastructure cash

The five local enterprise partnerships in the North West will share more than £60m from the government's £500m Growing Places Fund, due to be confirmed by communities secretary Eric Pickles on Monday.

The cash will "help boost economic growth by getting the required infrastructure built to enable the creation of new jobs and homes".

The breakdown of allocations for the sub-regions of the North West is as follows:

  • Greater Manchester LEP £24.7m
  • Liverpool City Region £13m
  • Lancashire £12.9m
  • Cheshire & Warrington £8.8m
  • Cumbria £4.4m

Pickles said: "The £500million Growing Places Fund will unlock much-needed local infrastructure and get the homes we need built. It will be local enterprise partnerships, made up of the people and businesses who know their local areas best, who will decide where this cash boost will be spent.

"I now want to see these partnerships coming together and finding innovative ways to unlock local sites and help get Britain building again."

Justine Greening, transport secretary, said: "Transport is key to unlocking growth. The Growing Places fund will let communities provide the transport links that get people and businesses from A to B. This will be crucial in building the balanced and dynamic economy that is essential for our future prosperity."

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