Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Government Snubs Sheffield

Clive Betts MP today accused the Conservative-led government of snubbing Sheffield after Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Business, Vince Cable, announced the successful bids for the Regional Growth Fund.

“It is amazing that not a single bid from a Sheffield company has been successful in securing support from the Regional Growth Fund.

I’m amazed, but not surprised, as the Government’s disgraceful treatment of the earlier Forgemaster’s bid demonstrated that Sheffield wasn’t going to get a fair deal.

All [Sheffield CC Leader] Councillor Scriven’s boasting about his hotline to Government Ministers on economic development resources has come to nought. It’s another kick in the teeth for Sheffield businesses and entrepreneurs.”

David Blunkett MP [Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough] said:

“This £1.4bn is a massive reduction on the amount that the former Labour government was giving to support economic development and regeneration in the area.

West Yorkshire seems to have done amazingly well out of a significantly smaller pot. But, it’s a massive disappointment for Sheffield and South Yorkshire.

I hope the outcome of the additional investment in Doncaster Airport will enable it to play a more significant part in the renewal of the regional economy as, to date, it has signally failed in that regard.

In his Local Enterprise Partnership Summit speech on 7 March 2011, the Chairman of the Sheffield City Region LEP, James Newman, said

‘Our City Region has been through a lot in the past and has not always been Government’s favourite. I am delighted to report that the tide has very much turned’

I hope his remarks do not turn out to be a triumph for hope over reality.”