Sir Roger Marsh comments on Spending Review

28th October 2021

Roger Marsh OBE DL

Commenting on the Government Spending Review, Sir Roger Marsh OBE DL, Chair of the NP11 and the Leeds City Region LEP, said:

“The Chancellor rightly championed an ‘infrastructure revolution’ in today’s Budget, to drive productivity and level-up the country.

“The announcements on clean grow and innovation have the potential to cement the North in the nation’s recovery and prosperity and the commitment to raise public spending on R&D to £20bn by 2024/25 is welcome. The key will be ensuring that the impact of additional funding is maximised across the UK, linking it to businesses and industrial strengths in local economies, that will really deliver on the Government’s plans for growth.

“However, these ambitions will not be delivered without a reliable, affordable and modern transport system. With the commitment on Northern Powerhouse Rail and HS2 East still absent, businesses and communities across the North will lack the certainty to deliver their ambitions for growth and decarbonisation.

“Finally, while we are pleased to see communities across the North gaining a share of the first round of Levelling Up Funding, it is crucially important that as this, similar Funds are prioritised in a collaborative way. Collaboration between public and private sector; collaboration between places, to ensure the levelling-up “prize” is greater than the sum of its parts; and collaboration between Government and local and regional partners, with activity that is done ‘with’ the North rather than ‘to’ the North. NP11 stands ready to support the Government to do this.”

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