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Investment ambitions are discussed with David Cameron
8:50am Friday 11th April 2014 in News
BOSSES behind a £250 million investment blueprint for Worcestershire have held crunch talks with David Cameron - in the hope the Government will look upon the ambitious plan favourably.
Peter Pawsey, chairman of Worcestershire's Local Enterprise Partnership, travelled to Manchester last week for a sit-down chat with the Prime Minister over the county's ambitions.
He says the talks, which were "very positive", have given them hope Worcestershire will not be ignored once the first major announcement is made in July.
The Government is making £2 billion a year available from next April for LEPs that can produce ideas for growth.
A 180-page dossier has now been produced by this county's LEP including 'asks' like £4 million on flooding protection and £14 million for improving careers services.
The country's 39 LEPs are all making separate bids to the fund.
Mr Pawsey said: "It was a very positive meeting and we had a fair bit to say to David Cameron.
"He listened to what we were telling him, he wanted to know what the frustrations were and it was very constructive.
"One thing we got out of it was that the total amount of money the LEPs are asking for is over-subscribed by three times (£6 billion worth of requests), but I was not surprised at all.
"In some ways I was expecting it to be a lot worse. The Government is now starting to go through them and they'll be having fortnightly reviews until we get to July.
"We live in hope - he also indicated that all LEPs will get something, the question is just how much."
It was put together after input from more than 150 organisations as well as all of Worcestershire's councils and MPs.
The Government has indicated that £2 billion will be dished out every year until 2020/21, going directly to LEPs based on their 10-year blueprints.
Worcestershire’s document details how it will create 25,000 new jobs over that period, boosting the economy by nearly £2.9 billion of extra economic activity a year
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