Thank you to everyone who came to my summer tour last week. It was nice to meet so many people and I really appreciate you taking time out to come and say hello.
I am pleased to start this week’s column with some good news.
Unemployment has reduced in the Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency.
There are now 79 fewer claimants than in July 2012 and 36 fewer than June 2013.
It is always pleasing to see more people in work. I hope the number of people who are unemployed will continue to decrease.
Just last week the Office of National Statistics produced a list of the top 10 most deprived seaside resorts.
Blackpool was at the top but it was pleasing to see that Morecambe was not on the list.
I will continue to ask central Government for funding to improve our local economy.
On the subject of funding, the Government made an exciting announcement last week that the coastal communities fund is to be increased to £29million.
You may recall that I was instrumental in establishing this fund and it is open to charities, voluntary organisations, LEPs and even local authorities to bid for funding of over £50,000 for projects lasting more than two years.
Morecambe Bay Partnership received half a million pounds and I hope to see more of that funding come here so please do consider putting in a bid. You can find more information about the coastal communities fund and other funding streams on the Big Lottery Website - http://www.biglotteryfund.org/
Businesses can obtain funding from the Regional Growth Fund – a pot of £3.2billion and the next round is £600million with a minimum bid threshold of one million. More information from the office of Business Innovations and Skills on 0161 2610350.
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