EEAPPG launches Budget submission in Parliament

4 September 2018

Parliamentary Launch of East of England All-Party Parliamentary Group Meeting


Wednesday 5th September 2018, 2.00 – 4.00PM, Attlee Suite, Portcullis House SW1 0AA – media welcome


Key speakers: Kwasi Kwarteng MP, PPS to Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon Philip Hammond, and Lord Porter of Spalding, Chairman of the LGA


At the launch in Parliament of the East of England APPG’s submission to this year’s budget, MPs from across the East of England and from all political parties will call for:


  • The huge potential of the East of England to contribute to UK prosperity to be better reflected in Government’s thinking, its priorities and in its investment plans.


  • Government to ensure East of England receives a fair share of infrastructure investment – to maintain global competitiveness and continue its net contribution to the Treasury


  • Greater devolution – to local authorities, Sub National Transport bodies and to LEPs as well as at the region-wide level on some strategic issues.


The Budget submission, entitled ‘Building together the foundations of more productivity, prosperity and inclusivity in the East of England’ represents nine months’ work of the APPG and sets out how the Government can help the region’s ambitions to create an even stronger and more inclusive economy.


It is co-signed by the APPG officers, the Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, the region’s LEPs, and all supporters of the APPG including the East of England LGA, British Sugar, London Stansted Airport, the A120 campaign, Astra Zeneca and Anglian Water.


Peter Aldous, MP for Waveney and Co-chair of the APPG, said:


“The East of England is the UK’s jobs powerhouse. It is one of the country’s fastest growing regions, both in population and economy. There has been significant investment in recent years, though there is a need to better recognise the region’s importance and untapped potential, including the fact that it is one of only three UK regions to contribute more in tax than it receives in public money. The East of England is at the forefront of global excellence and innovation – and a frontrunner in attracting business.”


Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge and Co-chair of the APPG, said:


“Cambridge is set to become England’s second largest city by value in the next three decades – if it secures the necessary support from both the public and private sectors. This must be done in a sensitive, sustainable way that ensures Cambridge remains attractive, while allowing our world leading science and innovation assets to increase the spread and pace of growth and development across the whole of the region.”


Steve Barwick, co-ordinator and author of the EEAPPG report who will be presenting its findings at the launch, said:


“The key strategic issue facing the East of England is how to manage and spread Cambridge’s growth to market towns and coastal communities – many of whom feel ‘left behind’ or too long ‘left alone’. The evidence is that LEPs, local authorities and businesses across the East of England want to ‘own’ and resolve this issue. But the Government needs to support them to do that through adequate and fair funding as well as devolution of more powers.”