The Chair of the South East England Regional Assembly (SEERA) today voiced his concerns about future investment in the region under the new Government.
The latest analysis of regional public expenditure figures released by the Centre for Economics and Business Research shows that public spending as a percentage of GDP in the South East is the lowest of any region or country in the UK.
Reacting to the General Election outcome and the research, Cllr Skellett said: “The Regional Assembly will not contemplate growth and development on the scale the Government wants without a clear commitment to investment in the infrastructure and services we need to create sustainable communities. The Assembly will be seeking a concordat with the Government to this effect, and we will be knocking on new Ministers’ doors as soon as they are in post.”
Cllr Skellett continued: “This new Government has to recognise that successful growth requires sustained investment in infrastructure. Quality of life in the South East is under threat as growth pressures mount. We want to maintain a buoyant regional economy, but transport, public services and the environment are already under severe pressure. More jobs and more people will intensify this. If the Government is serious about maintaining the contribution that the South East makes to the Exchequer and to UK economic success, this declining trend of public investment in the region must be turned around.”
Following the Regional Assembly’s recent public consultation on its draft South East Plan, Assembly members will be deciding in July on the levels of growth to recommend to the Government over the next 20 years.
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