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Guidance for Town Deals published

Words: Laura Edgar

The government has published guidance outlining how local leaders of the 100 selected towns for the £3.6 billion Towns Fund should prepare a Town Deal.

It also covers how they should develop proposals in the form of a Town Investment Plan.

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

Simon Clarke, minister for regional growth and local government, said: “Investment in our towns is needed more than ever as we move to the next stage of the economic recovery from Covid-19, and the fund will play an important part in the kick-starting of our economic recovery and levelling up our regions.

“With this new guidance, communities, businesses and local leaders will now be able to work together to draw up their ambitious plans to bring investment and growth to their local area.”

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has appointed Arup to lead a multidisciplinary consortium to help local authorities to access the fund. 

The consortium includes Copper Consultancy, Grant Thornton UK LLP, FutureGov, Nichols and Savills.

Local authorities and the consortium will work together on engaging with communities, the public and private partners and investors to develop their own proposals for a town deal, which will be submitted to the MHCLG.

The 100 selected places have four weeks to decide whether or not to submit a Towns Investment Plan by 31 July 2020 or – in a later cohort – by either October 2020 or early 2021.

The 100 towns were announced in September last year, and the initiative was set out in July by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. 

The guidance can be found here on the UK Government website.

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