MP to meet Chancellor over lack of government cash for district
MP has called for a meeting with the Chancellor of the Exchequer after claiming that the Government is not giving enough cash to the district of Ashfield.
Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero challenged George Osborne over the issue following the Chancellor's Autumn Statement this week.
She said that the Government's Regional Growth Fund for local areas had "not delivered a penny in Ashfield, and local business leaders across the East Midlands are saying that the scheme is just not working."
In response, Mr Osborne told Ms De Piero that he would look into the specific situation for businesses in Ashfield as well as offering to meet her to see what he could do to help .
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The Ashfield MP has since written to the Chancellor to take him up on his offer and also asked whether it would be possible to invite a number of businesses who have raised concerns with her in the past about the scheme.
She said: "There's clearly been a problem in our area with the Regional Growth Fund and it just can't be right that Ashfield hasn't received a single penny yet. However I am pleased the Chancellor has offered to meet with me – but I also think it's important he meets with a couple of local businesses too. "
The £2.4 billion Regional Growth Fund has been operating across England since 2011 and is meant to support businesses and projects with significant potential for economic growth that can jobs in the private sector.