Carlisle MP Says Government Funding Will ‘Harness Potential To Create Jobs’

The MP for Carlisle has welcomed the news the area will benefit from £474,841 in new funding from the Government to support local businesses and create jobs to grow the rural economy.

Commenting, John Stevenson said: “Rural areas hold unique opportunities for growth and with the right investment and support we can harness that potential to create jobs and help deliver on our priority to grow the economy.

“That is why I welcome the Conservative Government’s investment of £474,841 into Carlisle as part of £110 million in extra funding for councils across the country to grow local tourism and support rural businesses looking to start-up or expand.

“This extra funding will help to support communities while unleashing the potential of areas by creating new jobs and boosting the rural economy.”

The Conservative Government is investing £110 million into local areas through the Rural England Prosperity Fund, a top-up of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Eligible councils will begin to deliver on their plans in the coming weeks and receive the extra investment between 2023 and 2025.

Projects benefitting from the additional funding will improve community facilities and support arts and culture to grow local tourism.

Agricultural businesses looking to expand their remit and rural businesses looking to launch or grow will also receive investment.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund gives local leaders more say over the spending of funds in their area than previous EU funding for rural areas and is delivering on the commitment to allow England to take back control of its own growth investment.

The extra funding builds on the Conservative Government’s commitment to level up rural areas by delivering major upgrades to connectivity through Project Gigabit.

The share of rural premises with access to gigabit capable connects has already increased by 11 percent since January 2021 alone.