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County backing for growth plans

Moves to review public spending, revalue business rates and promote house building have been welcomed by Staffordshire’s leader.

Reacting to the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Spring Statement, Philip Atkins said an improving economy and promised investment in transport infrastructure would also support businesses to invest, export, and create jobs.

Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said:

Staffordshire has come a long way over the last eight years, taking a balanced approach as we build an economy that works for everyone with a focus on creating the right conditions for businesses to prosper and create more, better paid jobs for residents, which is why we have such low unemployment in the county.

More homes still need to be built in the right places to meet the needs of our growing population and I welcome moves that support that growth.

And at a time when we have fewer resources but are spending more money than ever before on helping the young, old and vulnerable, it is essential to review how local authorities are funded into the 2020s so that we can focus on delivering value for money for residents and businesses while supporting residents to help one another within their communities.”

He added:

It’s also encouraging to hear there may be more investment in public services like the NHS. We are working closely with our partners in Staffordshire to extract the maximum value from our combined budget.”