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County economy set for £7m windfall funding

Cllr Dan Lister

Skills improvement is priority to receive share

Government funding of more than £7 million is set to boost the West Northamptonshire economy over the next three years.

The money will be used to improve people’s life chances, increase skills, create stronger communities and support local businesses.

It includes £5.4 million from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund – the largest allocation in the South East Midlands. West Northamptonshire Council will work with partners and providers to develop proposals to deliver the funds.

There is also a potential allocation of up to £1.9 million in Multiply funding, which both replace previous strands of European social funding.

Cllr Dan Lister, cabinet member for economic development, town centre regeneration and growth, said: “This money will help us to ensure that residents, businesses and communities in West Northamptonshire have the support they need to grow and adapt to our changing economic landscape.

“In collaboration with stakeholders, community groups and local partners, we will analyse the greatest needs for West Northamptonshire and develop proposals to best address the opportunities using these funding pots.

“We are dedicated to supporting and growing the local economy, particularly as it recovers from the pandemic. It is the vision for WNC to deliver economic prosperity in this area, making it a place where everyone will thrive.”

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