Sajid Javid has launched a plan for a £100bn infrastructure project that would focus on redistributing growth across the UK.
“When I was Business Secretary I did the National Productivity Plan with the Treasury and we set out a vision about how we narrow that productivity gap – it was to do with transport but also skills and devolution as well. When the Prime Minister changed and Brexit became the priority, understandably, I think we lost a bit of focus. You can absolutely work on Brexit and work to deliver Brexit, but at the same time you can also focus on all those domestic issues that are so important.”
Speaking to the Yorkshire Post, Sajid said the £100bn initiative would seek to upgrade vital infrastructure across the UK’s regions, releasing cash for ambitious projects including a national fibre optic network as well as overhauling the North’s rail network and better connecting the region’s cities. Further adding;
“When you’re in Government you always need to try and do more to help rebalance the economy and you can do that in pretty much any job. My first department that I ran was as Culture Secretary and even then it immediately struck me that a lot of the spending by Government of taxpayers money on cultural activities, the arts for example, is heavily focused on the South… I set out to rebalance that."