Call for cash boost to aid eastern growth
The East of England Regional Assembly is lobbying the Labour Party's representative in the region to secure a 'growth dividend' from the government to support its housing plans.
The prime minister appointed Labour MPs to each English region to listen to lobbyists' concerns. Barbara Follett, MP for Stevenage, holds the post in the eastern region.
The East of England Regional Assembly chair John Reynolds said that extra funding was required to support the government's plan to build 26,000 new homes a year in the region up to 2021. 'We are calling for a growth dividend to ensure investment in public services comes before the development of new homes,' he said. 'We're keen to secure extra investment from the government for transport and affordable housing to ensure that the region's key transport networks do not become further congested.'
The assembly's figures shows that the eastern region has the lowest level of public spending per head of any county or region in the country, at £5,928, compared with London's £8,164 and the north east's £7,814.