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The North Wales Growth Deal has been announced several times over now. I have been stating that we need it urgently if we are to stop any increases in unemployment. Sadly, the Government have only just started to take action. That is why I wanted to press the Minister on the increase in unemployment in Delyn announced today.

October witnessed a rise in unemployment and I warned the UK Government if they did not take action it would only rise further. Today’s figures demonstrate that they did not heed these warnings and let unemployment push above the 800 mark. This follows years of fluctuations in unemployment in Delyn, under the Conservatives, but no definitive fall.

Youth unemployment is remaining at 180 people. Showing that despite the efforts of the Welsh Assembly Government in providing excellent education and skills training, the UK Government is squandering our young people’s potential.

What we are seeing is a government who are not competent enough to manage the UK economy. For all their bluster surrounding their credentials on the economy we can see a shambolic approach to bringing down inflation and securing more decent jobs. We now live in the situation where inflation continues to rise to an eye-watering 3.1% and the number of people in secure work plummets. Labour will invest into our community and tackle the cost of living crisis head on.

The Minister seemed to demonstrate an unwillingness to even note the rise in unemployment in Delyn. Instead he opted to say that everything is well in his constituency. This shows a disregard for the people of Delyn and shows this government’s incompetency in implementing a growth deal when it was first needed.

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The Secretary of State delivered a statement to the Commons outlining how the UK Government was going to change the UK railways. From the way the private companies interact with the publicly owned rail maintenance body, to reopening of lines closed by the Beeching review.

I used this opportunity to press the minister on the progress of the North Wales Growth Deal – which we are repeatedly promised but have yet to see – and what steps the UK Government is taking to ensure that the North Wales Metro is given funding and support. We need a decent railway to link North Wales with North West England. If this government drags its heels again it will damage our local economy.

By David Hanson MP / Latest News / / 0 Comments

I am deeply disappointed by today’s (22 November 2017) Autumn Budget as it once again held no details on the future of the North Wales Growth Deal.

This comes off the back of continued UK Government announcements that they will investigate or start the process of establishing a North Wales Growth Deal. In the Autumn Budget the Chancellor of the Exchequer said:

“We will begin negotiations for growth deals for North Wales and Mid-Wales…by the end of next year.”

During the Autumn Statement of 2016 the very same Chancellor said that he welcomes:

“…the investment in Wales through the growth deal for North Wales, the Swansea Bay city region deal, and much needed infrastructure investment.”

In this year’s Spring Budget the Chancellor stated that he:

“…has also opened negotiations for a city deal with Stirling and is considering proposals for a Tay Cities Deal and a North Wales Growth Deal.”

Three times the Chancellor has promised a North Wales Growth Deal and no action has been taken. Read more “Autumn Budget 2017: First Reaction”