Cameron unveils city deal job boost

The Northern Echo: CAPTURING THE FUTURE: Prime Minister David Cameron CAPTURING THE FUTURE: Prime Minister David Cameron

THE Prime Minister is in the North-East this morning to hand the region greater control over job creation and skills training.

He will also launch a revolutionary plan to capture industrial emissions to heat homes and offices.

However, on the day after 700 North-East Passport Office jobs looked to have been saved in Durham City, it is still unclear how the Tees Valley City Deal will tackle unemployment and growth.

City Deals – a flagship Coalition policy – will devolve power and budgets from Whitehall to the regions.

During a visit to Stockton, David Cameron will confirm the deal has been agreed with council leaders and Tees Valley Unlimited (TVU), the local enterprise partnership.

Development chiefs said it has the potential to boost the chemical process industries, supporting the creation of 3,500 jobs and attracting £28m of private sector investment.

But the Tees Valley deal will boost the region’s coffers by a relatively modest £12m.

It follows £22m of Government investment announced earlier in the year to ease traffic congestion and support growing firms.

The most eye-catching element is a carbon capture and storage scheme to use waste energy from Tees Valley’s industries to heat businesses, homes, hospitals and council buildings.

It will save up to 15 per cent on businesses’ energy bills and cut pollution.

If a team of engineers can prove it works, it will be the first of its kind in the UK, and one of only a handful worldwide.

Mr Cameron said: “As our economy turns a corner, I want to see our great Northern towns and cities right at the heart of the recovery.

“This new City Deal for the Tees Valley will mean a huge boost for local jobs and help build on more than 12,000 new businesses started in the North-East since 2010. It will also give the area greater power and freedoms, allowing local people to take more decisions on the economy for themselves. There is a long way to go, but step by step, inch by inch, we are fighting for a recovery for all.”

TVU chairman Sandy Anderson said: “City Deal will place Tees Valley at the forefront of developing green technologies. It builds on our industrial strengths and provides the potential for the area to become one of the world’s top locations for investment in these sectors.

“It also will allow Tees Valley to help shape Government policies that affect the local area. This includes everything from the promotion of Tees Valley overseas to the creation of greater planning certainty that will encourage business growth.”

Greg Clark, the Middlesbrough- born Cities Minister, said: Anyone who knows Teesside, as I do, knows that the industrial strengths of the area are world-beating in what are growing global markets.”

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9:36am Fri 13 Dec 13

David Lacey says...

This Government has done more for the North East than Labour achieved in 13 miserable years. But then its not hard to improve on NOTHING!!!
This Government has done more for the North East than Labour achieved in 13 miserable years. But then its not hard to improve on NOTHING!!! David Lacey

11:55am Fri 13 Dec 13

HH1954 says...

Mr Cameron said: “As our economy turns a corner, I want to see our great Northern towns and cities right at the heart of the recovery.

Hypocrisy. The great northern towns starved of investment by this unelected rabble whilst at the same time shifting the investment to the affluent areas of the South East and Home Counties.

Just another coalition gimmick at shifting the responsibility, delivering peanuts and when it fails they will turn around and say that its what the TVU wanted.

Roll on 2015 and the general election.
Mr Cameron said: “As our economy turns a corner, I want to see our great Northern towns and cities right at the heart of the recovery. Hypocrisy. The great northern towns starved of investment by this unelected rabble whilst at the same time shifting the investment to the affluent areas of the South East and Home Counties. Just another coalition gimmick at shifting the responsibility, delivering peanuts and when it fails they will turn around and say that its what the TVU wanted. Roll on 2015 and the general election. HH1954

12:30pm Fri 13 Dec 13

David Lacey says...

Well - I still don't see you telling us how much Labour did to improve the relative position of the North East. It stayed rock bottom for 13 years.
Well - I still don't see you telling us how much Labour did to improve the relative position of the North East. It stayed rock bottom for 13 years. David Lacey

12:55pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Stocko says...

David Lacey wrote:
Well - I still don't see you telling us how much Labour did to improve the relative position of the North East. It stayed rock bottom for 13 years.
Your first comment was ludicrous - this one simply ignores reality.

By 1997 the whole country was falling apart - including the North East - with old hospitals falling to bits, schools falling down round the necks of students, poor infrastructure, sink estates given up on and unemployment still at such high levels that in some areas over 1 in 4 people were out of work.

Its easy to forget the state of the country then and Labour set about the massive infrastructural, social and economic changes needed to bring jobs, build hospitals, colleges, new and repaired schools, new roads and regenerate some of the worst parts of cities and towns in the UK.

The whole country gained and as a result so did the North East. In turn extra help to the North East helped close the massive gap between the North East and the rest of the country. Closing this wide gap needed even more spending in the North East compared to some other parts of the country but this was done.

To deny this happened is to deny reality - and can only be done by those so biased in their views they are willing to ignore the evidence.

The Tories spent 18 years destroying areas like the North East - and this government started out by cutting funding to the North East by half as soon as it got in. This level has not changed and whilst any spending we get is helpful it still sells us short of what we need if we are not to fall behind yet again.
[quote][p][bold]David Lacey[/bold] wrote: Well - I still don't see you telling us how much Labour did to improve the relative position of the North East. It stayed rock bottom for 13 years.[/p][/quote]Your first comment was ludicrous - this one simply ignores reality. By 1997 the whole country was falling apart - including the North East - with old hospitals falling to bits, schools falling down round the necks of students, poor infrastructure, sink estates given up on and unemployment still at such high levels that in some areas over 1 in 4 people were out of work. Its easy to forget the state of the country then and Labour set about the massive infrastructural, social and economic changes needed to bring jobs, build hospitals, colleges, new and repaired schools, new roads and regenerate some of the worst parts of cities and towns in the UK. The whole country gained and as a result so did the North East. In turn extra help to the North East helped close the massive gap between the North East and the rest of the country. Closing this wide gap needed even more spending in the North East compared to some other parts of the country but this was done. To deny this happened is to deny reality - and can only be done by those so biased in their views they are willing to ignore the evidence. The Tories spent 18 years destroying areas like the North East - and this government started out by cutting funding to the North East by half as soon as it got in. This level has not changed and whilst any spending we get is helpful it still sells us short of what we need if we are not to fall behind yet again. Stocko

1:20pm Fri 13 Dec 13

David Lacey says...

A complete bucket of tripe. the reality is and was nothing like the scenario you have described.
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You can't offer a shred of evidence to support your wild and inaccurate claims.
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Please continue to enjoy living in fantasy land whilst the rest of us live in the real world.
A complete bucket of tripe. the reality is and was nothing like the scenario you have described. . You can't offer a shred of evidence to support your wild and inaccurate claims. . Please continue to enjoy living in fantasy land whilst the rest of us live in the real world. David Lacey

2:57pm Fri 13 Dec 13

sineater says...

Yes David I couldn't describe your c omments better "a c omplete bucket of tripe ", you couldn't tell the truth iff someone held a gun to your head,toally politically biased in every comment you make,and as bent as a nine bob note in every thing you say.
Yes David I couldn't describe your c omments better "a c omplete bucket of tripe ", you couldn't tell the truth iff someone held a gun to your head,toally politically biased in every comment you make,and as bent as a nine bob note in every thing you say. sineater

4:21pm Fri 13 Dec 13

David Lacey says...

Thanks Loopy. And you are politically as well balanced as the Costa Concordia shortly before it went down.
Thanks Loopy. And you are politically as well balanced as the Costa Concordia shortly before it went down. David Lacey

4:51pm Fri 13 Dec 13

st-george1 says...

North East Labour councils are the most expensive in the UK and the least efficient … with the Teesside and Oxford university towns being the worst at everything and still we read of some people here saying that they should be allowed to take financial control of the NE’s own destiny … how stupid is that, when after 100 years or more of Labour’s Marxist-style dictatorship and their unwanted union-quango alias the Regional Assembly, the unseen education money, the region has gone from bad to worse at even greater expense … seen as idle, short on intelligence and the declining standards of education, another Bliar lie, all of which has encouraged more to live on benefits that allows them booze, smoke, gamble, get fatter and eventually die younger than ever. To change any of this, dream on.
North East Labour councils are the most expensive in the UK and the least efficient … with the Teesside and Oxford university towns being the worst at everything and still we read of some people here saying that they should be allowed to take financial control of the NE’s own destiny … how stupid is that, when after 100 years or more of Labour’s Marxist-style dictatorship and their unwanted union-quango alias the Regional Assembly, the unseen education money, the region has gone from bad to worse at even greater expense … seen as idle, short on intelligence and the declining standards of education, another Bliar lie, all of which has encouraged more to live on benefits that allows them booze, smoke, gamble, get fatter and eventually die younger than ever. To change any of this, dream on. st-george1

5:20pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Stocko says...

David Lacey wrote:
A complete bucket of tripe. the reality is and was nothing like the scenario you have described.
.
You can't offer a shred of evidence to support your wild and inaccurate claims.
.
Please continue to enjoy living in fantasy land whilst the rest of us live in the real world.
You've seen the evidence before but still denied it so would there be any point repeating it again.

The truth is anyone doing the smallest amount of checking could show the changes made.

Live in your own world if you like but don't insult the intelligence of the majority of those who live in the North East who know that Tories have always been, and will always be, bad news for this region.
[quote][p][bold]David Lacey[/bold] wrote: A complete bucket of tripe. the reality is and was nothing like the scenario you have described. . You can't offer a shred of evidence to support your wild and inaccurate claims. . Please continue to enjoy living in fantasy land whilst the rest of us live in the real world.[/p][/quote]You've seen the evidence before but still denied it so would there be any point repeating it again. The truth is anyone doing the smallest amount of checking could show the changes made. Live in your own world if you like but don't insult the intelligence of the majority of those who live in the North East who know that Tories have always been, and will always be, bad news for this region. Stocko

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