Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

North Devon MP wants more funding for local businesses

13:35 29 January 2014

North Devon MP Nick Harvey has questioned the Government

North Devon MP Nick Harvey has questioned the Government's commitment to offering rural councils fairer funding

Archant

Nick Harvey calls on Government to support growth through ‘Assisted Areas’ map

NORTH DEVON MP Nick Harvey has called on the Government to extend funding to North Devon’s small businesses and large companies.

Responding to a Government consultation, Mr Harvey asked for key manufacturing areas of North Devon to be included in the “Assisted Areas” map.

Gaining Assisted Area status allows qualifying parts of the country to access regional aid funding to boost their local economy.

Mr Harvey welcomed the inclusion of Fremington and Instow in the map’s first draft, but pressed the Government to add more areas like Barnstaple and Ilfracombe.

“I’m pleased to see that Fremington and Instow have already made it into the first draft of the Assisted Areas map,” he said. “But I want to see much more of North Devon benefit from the opportunities that regional aid funding can bring.

“Pharmaceutical company Actavis is looking to expand in Barnstaple and has already submitted a £6m expansion plan to the Government’s Regional Growth Fund, and in Ilfracombe TDK Lambda have plans to increase their production facilities and create more well-paid jobs. If those towns and their surrounding areas are not included in the Assisted Areas map, these important projects will struggle to go ahead and North Devon could miss out on vital overseas investment.”

North Devon Council has also called for more areas to be added to the map, after it was revealed that the number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance increased between November and December.

Year-on-year, however, the number of claimants dropped by 462 to 879 in December 2013.

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 16:47
The North Devon Link Road.

Expect disruption from Monday to Wednesday as surfacing work is carried out

Read more
Yesterday, 15:01
Will the green bin collection remain a free service?

And black wheelie bin could be collected every three weeks instead of two

Read more
Yesterday, 13:38
Year 8 pupils at Pilton held a mock referendum on polling day

Pupils at Pilton Community College staged their own referendum yesterday.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:31
UKIP chairman Steve Crowther. Picture: Tony Gussin

North Devon’s Steve Crowther says the party has won its biggest battle, but there is more work to come

Read more
Yesterday, 10:20
The UK has voted to leave the European Union

We need stability and reassurance without arguments, says chief executive

Read more
Yesterday, 08:56
MEP Julie Girling.

Julie Girling and Molly Scott-Cato both released statements following the EU referendum result.

Read more
Prime Minister David Cameron speaks outside 10 Downing Street, London, with wife Samantha where he announced his resignation after Britain voted to leave the European Union in an historic referendum which has thrown Westminster politics into disarray and sent the pound tumbling on the world markets. Picture: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

David Cameron has announced he will quit as Prime Minister by October after a humiliating defeat in the referendum which ended with a vote for Britain to leave the European Union.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:50
North Devon MP Peter Heaton-Jones

Peter Heaton-Jones ‘disappointed’ by result but ‘glad’ people had their say

Read more
Yesterday, 06:22
The EU Referendum results are in. Picture: AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda

North Devon and Torridge both vote OUT on ‘earthquake’ day for British politics

Read more
Thu, 17:32
Ashleigh Gear (left) shaved her head in support of her sister Keli

A hairdresser from Braunton has raised more than £1,000 for charity after shaving her head.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 12°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications