British Budget a serious let down on City Deals – Maskey
Sinn Féin MP Paul Maskey has said that the British Chancellor’s announcement today on a Belfast Region City Deal had failed to live up to expectations and it is ‘disgraceful’ that the north west has received nothing more than promises.
Paul Maskey said:
“Last year the British government said it was committed to an ‘ambitious’ set of City Deals.
“On that basis comprehensive investment plans were developed for the Belfast and North West regions.
“While I welcome the announcement of a £350m investment by the British Treasury for the Belfast Region city deal it falls short of what was asked for. This creates a shortfall in the planned deal and major projects will have to be dropped from the plan.
“Disgracefully the North West has received nothing but more promises from a Tory Government.
“Sinn Féin will continue to insist on fair treatment for the North West. The two deals should proceed in tandem.
“Today’s announcement is a serious let down.”