Regional Minister Beverley Hughes has held talks today with Cumbria Vision, as well as with leaders and chief executives of local councils, to discuss the impact of the economic downturn and how partners in the county are working to counter its effects.
On her visit, Minister Hughes said: "In the North West, the Joint Economic Commission, which I chair, aims to protect jobs and get housing development moving. We will help major projects proceed as well as ensure there is advice and support for people and business. I am particularly keen to minimise the impact of the downturn of young people through protecting and expanding apprenticeships – exactly the model being pursued in this part of Cumbria."
She said the Government is taking action to get the banks lending again and kick start the economy by giving a £145 tax cut for all basic taxpayers and cutting VAT, worth £275 to every household.
Minister Hughes was visiting Ulverston and Barrow to see the work of Marl International, which specialises in ultra efficient lighting, submarine builders BAE Systems and community enterprise Signal Films, which provides opportunities and training in film and digital media for people of all ages.
The three firms have been recognised for achieving local and international success during difficult market conditions.