THURROCK is to receive £2,376,355 from the Conservative Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund to help level up the community – from regenerating run-down high streets to fighting anti-social behaviour.
The funding also includes money for Multiply – a new UK-wide programme to equip hundreds of thousands of adults with functional numeracy skills to improve their employment prospects. This could mean free tutoring, digital training and flexible courses to help adults with low-level maths skills get back into work, as well as measures to get more young people into high-skilled jobs.
Commenting, Cllr Rob Gledhill said: “I am incredibly proud of Thurrock and know that our best days lie ahead. I am determined to work with the Government to ensure that everyone from our area is able to reach their full potential. That is why I welcome the investment of £2,376,355 for Thurrock, which can be used across a range of projects from supporting adults who lack basic numeracy skills, helping young people into good jobs, and regenerating our high streets. This investment will help to local residents to fulfil their potential, while reducing regional inequalities that have been left untouched for too long”.
Commenting, Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove said: “We have taken back control of our money from the EU and we are empowering those who know their communities best to deliver on their priorities. The UK Shared Prosperity Fund will help to unleash the creativity and talent of communities that have for too long been overlooked and undervalued. By targeting this funding at areas of the country that need it the most, we will help spread opportunity and level up in every part of the United Kingdom.”