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Government Restates Dedication to Northern Powerhouse

Former Chancellor George Osborne has reiterated the commitment of the government to promoting the Northern Powerhouse.

Northern Powerhouse

Former Chancellor George Osborne has reiterated the commitment of the government to promoting the Northern Powerhouse.

On a visit to Liverpool earlier this week, the MP for Tatton spoke about the Northern Powerhouse Partnership – a think tank he founded on his departure from his role as Chancellor.


Mr Osborne revealed that the aim of the organisation is to get northern cities and regions working together in order to minimise the economic north-south divide.


During his visit, he confirmed that the partnership will tackle a wide range of issues from economic and social challenges, to employment rates and the standard of living throughout the region.


The former Chancellor highlighted the importance of involving local businesses and groups, ensuring that the decisions are made in the region, rather than in London.


He said this approach would make sure that the North is well-placed to set their own targets for growth, addressing the challenges they believe are most pressing.


Mr Osborne’s visit follows the first Autumn Statement from his successor, incumbent Chancellor Philip Hammond, who announced that the Northern Powerhouse would remain a priority for the government.


The document revealed by Mr Hammond in his announcement present’s the government’s vision of bringing together the North to form a cohesive strategy that unlocks its full economic potential.


Aiming to improve the co-operation between the government and local groups in the North, Mr Osborne said:


‘We’re going to listen to the different cities and counties, and then early next year come forward with our thoughts about how we take the Northern Powerhouse forward and deliver some real practical outcomes for people.’


Earlier this week, the government also announced a further £400 million development scheme in the build-to-rent sector, with Housing Minister Gavin Barwell revealing that Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham will benefit from the construction of more than 2,000 quality new homes.

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