Tory failure on delivering the infrastructure of the ‘Northern Powerhouse’
David Cameron and George Osborne are failing to deliver on their plans to build the so-called ‘Northern Powerhouse’, new analysis of the Government’s infrastructure pipeline has found.
Only around a fifth of the pipeline is actually listed as ‘in construction’ with the majority of investment for those projects going to London and the South East. In contrast, the North West, North East and Yorkshire and the Humber are represented by less than a quarter of the investment of the ‘in construction’ pipeline.
The North West accounts for 15 per cent of the value of the pipeline that is ‘in construction’.
Closer analysis of the projects listed as ‘in construction’ shows that the so-called Northern Powerhouse is missing out. Taken together London and the South East are set to benefit from 53.4 per cent of the investment in the infrastructure pipeline that is currently ‘in construction’, while the North West, North East and Yorkshire and the Humber will get just 23.4 per cent of the investment. Almost half (48.6 per cent) of the value of the ‘in construction’ pipeline is going to London. In contrast, the North West is getting 15 per cent.
Shadow Treasury Minster and MP for Salford and Eccles, Rebecca Long Bailey said:
“The Tory rhetoric on the Northern Powerhouse does not translate into reality. These figures prove that they do not practice what they preach when it comes to funding the vital infrastructure projects needed by the North West.
“And just last week it was revealed that 97 per cent of senior staff working on the Northern Powerhouse are based not in the North but in London.
“Add this to the huge cuts to funding for local councils and that just sums it up the Tory attitude to the Northern Powerhouse. There is only one party that stands up for the North of England and that is Labour.”