West Yorkshire Receives Grant From Get Building Fund
West Yorkshire is one of the UK regions to benefit from a grant from the government’s recently created Getting Building Fund, which is designed to support different places as they recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Yorkshire Live reported that West Yorkshire has received over £50 million to help rebuild its economy, which will be used to support 15 schemes in the region.
These initiatives are expected to create some 2,300 new jobs and protect a further 500 jobs in the region.
One of the larger projects to receive funding from the government money is the £7.5 million scheme to construct new office space in the centre of Bradford. This will create 300 construction jobs when it is being built, as well as 452 new jobs once it’s completed.
Kirklees Council, meanwhile, is receiving £1.365 million to help it buy the George Hotel in Huddersfield, which it intends to convert into the new National Rugby League Museum.
Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Leader of Bradford Council Susan Hinchcliffe commented: “The projects focus on areas vital to a successful and inclusive recovery, such as regenerating our towns and cities, support for business investment and jobs growth as well as opening up new walking and cycling routes.”
Over 300 projects are receiving a share of the £900 million Getting Building Fund announced by the government, with 45,000 new homes expected to be constructed as a result of the scheme, as well as a host of new infrastructure projects taking place.
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