Getting the North East noticed
If ‘levelling up’ regions such as ours was a priority before the pandemic, then its importance has increased tenfold now. The time has come for a serious national plan to close the economic gaps between regions.
This means a fundamental change in the way funding is allocated across the board to meet the specific objective of reducing regional inequality, alongside further devolution of decision making to give greater local control over how that money is spent.
We must also be stronger in promoting our region and challenging outdated perceptions of it. At the same time, we need to be vocal about the problems and injustices that still exist in the North East. We must be strident in making the case for our region and ensuring that Government is held to account over its promises.
The North East needs:
- To be at the heart of the national conversation about economic recovery and rebalancing.
- An economic plan that supports the places and people most affected by the pandemic and recession.
- Fair central funding settlements that explicitly address the levelling up agenda and structural imbalances in the UK economy.
- To address issues of discrimination to create an economy that truly provides opportunities for all.
If we want the recognition and investment we need to build a stronger, fairer economy then we must be relentless in our efforts to get the attention we deserve.
The Chamber will work with businesses and stakeholders across our region to build a campaign that shouts about our potential and the many great reasons to invest here.
We will not shy away from openly discussing the challenges we face, but we will be clear that with the right support we have the ability in our region to resolve them. We will not let unfair prejudices about the North East go unchallenged.
“It has never been more important for the North East to have a powerful voice to ensure our region is globally connected and able to exploit every opportunity for growth. We have challenges ahead but a proud history of collaboration and endeavour that, with the right government support, will generate economic success.”
Graeme Mason, Planning & Corporate Affairs Director, Newcastle International Airport
Get involved with our Stronger North East campaign by emailing [email protected]
Campaigning for a Stronger North East
Our mission is not just to repair the damage done to our economy in recent months. It is to come back stronger. We must correct historic unfairness, tackle inequalities and show the world what we are capable of. North East England is a fantastic, unique place with enormous economic potential. Through collective endeavour, and with the right support, we know that potential is within our reach.
To get involved with our Stronger North East campaign, email [email protected]
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