Communities Secretary Confirms Funding Available for Harlow
ON TUESDAY, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire MP, confirmed plans for a new £1.6 billion stronger towns fund to benefit places like Harlow, where it is needed most. The fund can be used to create jobs, and provide vital training and skills to local people.
In his statement, the Secretary of State acknowledged Harlow MP, Robert Halfon for “spearheading plans in his constituency”.
Robert Halfon then asked the Communities Secretary how Harlow can apply for this extra money to support it’s regeneration and a new hospital.
The Secretary of State confirmed that Harlow will be able to bid for two pots of Government funding, £25 million earmarked for the East of England and a further £600 million available to projects across the country.
From the floor of the House of Commons
Robert Halfon (Harlow) (Con) said:
I strongly welcome this post-Brexit dividend, which I am sure is the beginning of more dividend to come. My right hon. Friend kindly mentioned my constituency of Harlow, which, despite being a wonderful place to live, has significant deprivation and disadvantage. Will he confirm the timing and the mechanisms for applying for this grant, so that we can apply for regeneration and for our new hospital? Although the east of England gets £25 million, will he confirm the mechanism for applying for money from the extra £600 million fund that he has announced?
James Brokenshire responded:
My right hon. Friend rightly makes the distinction between the two elements of the fund and the town deals that we want to see emerging from both of them. On the first element, we have allocated this on the basis of a number of different factors, but I will be publishing a prospectus—that is the next stage—to set out the application process and the basis for the applications we want to see coming through from the towns that can apply under the £600 million fund. We will be setting that out in detail so that towns such as Harlow, which I know he is so passionate about, are able to apply.
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