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100 towns to benefit from funding

Words: Laura Edgar
Nuneaton / G-13114

Local government secretary Robert Jenrick has announced that 100 towns that are eligible for support from the £3.6 billion Towns Fund, which was founded in July.

The government said the list of towns includes places with “proud” industrial and economic heritage which but have not always benefited from economic growth in the same way as more prosperous towns.

Communities, businesses and local leaders will work together on plans that aim to transform their town’s economic growth prospects with a focus on improved transport, broadband connectivity, skills and culture.

Of the 100 towns, 45 are located across the Northern Powerhouse and 30 places are in the Midlands Engine area.

Jenrick said: “Ensuring that prosperity and opportunities are available to everyone in this country, not just those in London or our biggest cities, is at the heart of the mission of this government."

He explained that the government want to raise living standards and ensure that towns can thrive with “transformative investment in transport, technology, skills and culture”.

“I will now work with local people from the 100 communities announced today to agree proposals to invest up to £25 million in each place. I hope these deals will provide the investment and the impetus for long-term renewal ensuring each town can look to the future with a new optimism."

Nuneaton, in the West Midlands, is set to benefit from the fund. Julie Jackson, leader of the Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, said: “Following the success of our Future High Street bid, this is more fantastic news for Nuneaton. We have high ambitions for our town centre and this could help immensely to put our ideas into practice and help us to recognise our plans to regenerate the town. We are seeking some further information from the government on what the bid process and timescales will be.

“We will also be seeking confirmation of whether there will be any opportunities for Bedworth town centre amongst this funding. We are still aiming to submit a bid for Bedworth in the next Future High Street bid, when fresh submissions are invited in the new year.”

A full list of the 100 towns can be found here on the UK Government website (pdf).

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