Welcomed fund allocation of the Government's Northern Powerhouse project for flooding
It’s been announced that 556m has been allocated for the Northern Powerhouse project which includes funds for investment in flood defences in Leeds, Bradford, Calderdale, Craven and Kirklees.
The Northern Powerhouse is an initiative developed by the 2010-15 Coalition Government, in partnership with local authorities in the North of England, to address a constellation of issues surrounding economic growth and productivity in that part of the country. It was championed in Government by the former Chancellor, George Osborne. Since leaving office, he has become chair of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, a think tank whose aim is to bring together business and local politicians to commission research, share ideas, and lobby Whitehall to press ahead with devolution.
It is generally accepted that the Northern Powerhouse extends across the three previous ‘standard regions’ of the North-East, North-West and Yorkshire & Humber. However, some, whilst using this definition for the North more generally, appear to restrict the definition of the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ to the city-regions within that area.
Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford City's Council executive member for regeneration, said:
"We need to examine the detail but I welcome much-needed investment to help protect homes and businesses in our district from future flooding.""The Boxing Day floods a year ago had a devastating impact on those affected and the region's economy, so it's essential that the government works with us to manage flood risk because this is about people's homes and livelihoods."