The ‘Northern Powerhouse’ will only live up to its promise if properly funded, North East MEP Jonathan Arnott has warned.
“All the talk by the government about it will prove to be empty rhetoric unless they commit proper investment so that the North is no longer the poor relative.
“And the current transport subsidy gap between this region and London does not auger well,” said Mr Arnott, UKIP Euro-MP.
A report by the Equality Trust shows that households in the capital get twice as much subsidy as the North East meaning poorer people are being locked out of the jobs market because of high transport costs.
“This situation must be addressed as it means that our work force is being unfairly penalised,” said Mr Arnott. “We are poised to take advantage of George Osborne’s Powerhouse pledge but it will run out of steam unless the funding is fairly distributed.
“People in this region are hard working by nature and I will continue to fight for extra cash to help it achieve its economic potential,” he said.