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Joint-statement from the Government regarding economic recovery

1 May 2020

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The Prime Minister, Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick and Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government Simon Clarke today spoke with the M9 group of Mayors and leader of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to update them on the current situation and to discuss their role in the response to coronavirus.

“The Prime Minister agreed that the Mayors have a vital leadership role to play in planning for the economic recovery in their own respective regions and made clear that the Government will continue to work closely with them as it seeks to restart the economy whilst preventing a second wave of the virus.”

James Palmer, Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough said

“Our response to Covid-19 has been nothing short of a national endeavour, with a clear goal and a clear message. As we move into the next phase, where we start to reopen our shops and offices and get our economy going again, the dangers remain just as prescient but the message becomes more nuanced. This is where Combined Authorities can ensure the clear application of the Government message across our areas, applying local contexts and coordinating with businesses to keep people safe as the economy restarts.

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority has had a consistent focus on the post-Covid economic recovery since the start of this crisis, and from our Capital Grants Fund to our 1-2-1 Business Support we have been making sure businesses can survive the crisis and come out of it at full speed. We look forward to working with the Government on the next phase.