We welcome Government coronavirus and road spending

North Yorkshire has welcomed the Government’s support in the Chancellor’s budget for communities, businesses and public bodies in their response to coronavirus.

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County Councillor Carl Les, North Yorkshire’s leader said he particularly applauded the business rate relief and cash support for small to medium enterprises which are the backbone of the county’s economic wellbeing. He also welcomed the support for councils with the additional health and care costs they will bear to tackle coronavirus.

He said: “This is necessary and timely support from the Government at a time of great need for our county and country.”

The county council also looks forward in the coming weeks to possible infrastructure announcements for North Yorkshire on the back of the Budget’s £600bn infrastructure spending plan.

Cllr Les said: “We are particularly pleased that there will be £500m for pothole repairs.  In a county with one of the largest road networks in the country this is very welcome news indeed.  We also await an announcement on the county’s strategic road project for the re-routing of the A59 at Kex Gill and look forward to engaging with Highways England on the development work for the potential dualling of the A64 which has been identified as a pipeline project.”

Cllr Les said that North Yorkshire was also reassured that the spending review is imminent. He said: “We hope the Government will bear in mind the urgent need for additional funding for adult social care and for high needs spending for children and young people as well as the implementation of fairer funding”. 

Cllr Les said the need remains to redistribute funding based on the costs of delivering services in a rural context.  He said: “There are clear imbalances per head of population between Inner London boroughs, urban areas and shire counties, which need addressing.”

This story was published 12 March 2020