Press Release: Simon Fell welcomes inclusion of Furness Line upgrade in Government’s £48 billion rail improvement programme

Simon Fell has welcomed the announcement from the Transport Secretary that the Furness Line is to be included in the largest rail modernisation programme since the Victorian times.

The Transport Secretary confirmed that commuters in Barrow and Furness were to benefit while giving evidence to the Transport Select Committee in Parliament on Wednesday.

Grant Shapps confirmed the government’s commitment to upgrading capacity on the Cumbrian Coast, which will transform local rail services.

The Conservative Government are currently investing a record £48 billion in the nation’s railways – improving reliability and punctuality, upgrading trains and allowing passengers to benefit from quicker, more comfortable journeys.

Commenting, Simon Fell said:

“I am delighted that the Conservatives are prioritising the Furness Line and Cumbrian Coast as part of our plans to upgrade the nations’ railways – this will significantly improve rail services for local people and make a real difference to Furness.

“I have been lobbying hard for the Transport Secretary to prioritise our railways and spoke to him only lat week on the issue. Fast, reliable trains are vital, not just for boosting local growth, but to making areas like ours attractive places to live and start a business.

“For too long we’ve been held back due to poor transport infrastructure. This levelling up of our infrastructure is the start of what I hope will be a major programme of investment in Barrow & Furness’ road and rail capacity. I’m grateful for the Government’s support of Barrow & Furness.”


Press Release: A welcome funding boost for every school in Barrow & Furness

Simon Fell welcomes funding boost for every school in Barrow & Furness

More children across Barrow & Furness will be able to have a great education thanks to a major funding boost.

The Conservative Government has confirmed schools in Cumbria will receive 5.25% more funding per pupil next year as part of the recent multi-billion investment in primary and secondary education.

Simon Fell has welcomed this new funding, saying the commitment that every secondary school pupil will receive a minimum of £5,000 next year and every primary school pupil will receive a minimum of £4,000 by 2021-22 would reassure parents of the Government’s promise to deliver the best for their children.

This funding follows the Prime Minister’s announcement in August that the budget for schools and high needs would be increased by a total of over £14 billion over three years, rising to £52.2 billion by 2022-23. Schools and local authorities will today find out how the first part of that investment - £2.6 billion - will be allocated for the coming year.

The extra money, available from April, will ensure that per-pupil funding for all schools can rise at least in line with inflation and will deliver promised gains in full for areas which have been historically under-funded

Commenting, Simon Fell said:

‘Every child in Barrow & Furness deserves the best possible start in life – regardless of their background or where they live.

‘The 5.25% per pupil funding boost next year will mean that every school in Barrow & Furness will receive a budget increase, giving teachers, parents and pupils the certainty to plan, and supercharging standards in our schools.

‘This new funding will also target those schools who need support the most need, making sure that every parent in Barrow & Furness can be sure their children are getting a great education.’


My speech to Conservative Party Conference

I’m honoured to be standing here as the Conservative candidate for B&F. Now, I appreciate that many of you at conference may not know all that much about the Furness Peninsula, so bear with me while I give you a whistlestop tour.

Barrow and Furness is an amazing place. We’re on the Cumbrian coast off the Irish Sea  - host to the largest offshore wind farm in the world. We have some of the most beautiful nature reserves and countryside you could imagine, a stones throw from the Lakes. But we are also a centre of engineering and manufacturing excellence. As I speak, Barrovians are building the next generation of our nuclear deterrent. Barrow is a ship building town.

Hidden away, geographically remote, and at the end of a very long road - often called the longest cul de sac in England - Barrow in Furness is an honest to goodness Northern Powerhouse, punching well above its weight.

Now I’m proud of the investment that this government has put into Barrow and Furness’ infrastructure over the years. Most recently we’ve seen new rolling stock on the Furness Line. An end to the hated Pacer trains. FINALLY. A Sunday service between Barrow and Carlisle. 11 direct trains to Manchester Airport a day. I’m not going to pretend that the service that Northern provides is great, but it’s a sea change from only 18 months ago. 

And we’ve seen significant upgrades across the area - long term flood management in Ulverston, the resurfacing of Jubilee Bridge to Walney, and plans to add a new roundabout and dualling to the A590. 

So - there is a good story to tell on infrastructure investment. But I want to take this opportunity to address is what’s missing.

When Storm Desmond hit, our one road out of town - the cul de sac I mentioned earlier - was cut off for days. When there’s an accident on the A590, you often can’t run a contraflow system.

Just two days ago, the Furness Line flooded and trains couldn’t run from Lancaster to Barrow.

If you work up the Cumbrian coast and live in Furness you are caught between a rock and a hard place. Do you take an unreliable train service to work, or drive on an A-road that takes you through a farm yard?

We shouldn’t be forced to make these choices. Northern constituencies like mine need - to coin the Prime Minister’s phrase - levelling up.

Barrow is growing at an astounding rate. The Dreadnought submarine programme is bringing more jobs and more people into our area. 

Our port is set to grow by 40% in a decade. Offshore wind is continuing to grow. Businesses across the peninsula are thriving.

But this isn’t sustainable when a single road traffic accident can block our main artery in and out for hours. Or when our only rail line faces delays, disruption and cancellation. Or where Walney Island, where over 10,000 people live, is served by a single bridge on and off.

There are too many single points of failure. And for a significant contributor to the Northern Powerhouse, and to our national defence, that is just bad planning.

So, my ask of you is to look locally. Northern Powerhouse Rail is a fantastic idea. But it won’t touch us. We need a fair shake from the government. A recognition of what a remarkable place we are. And assistance in delivering a South Cumbrian industrial strategy that secures our future.

Letter to The Mail: CND’s demands are political and dangerous

Dear Sir -

Thousands of Barrovians rely on BAE Systems and its supply chain to make a living.

To demand, as Mr Gilligan does in a recent letter, that lorries carrying vital supplies for the shipyards should be stopped is ludicrous.

Does Mr Gilligan realise that BAE Systems is the main employer here? If they aren’t going to use our roads how else are they supposed to transport supplies, which I’m sure have the most stringent security checks placed upon them, and which are no threat to the public, as he implies.

I think Mr Gilligan has more of a political agenda at heart, just as the leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn does.

Mr Corbyn in Number 10 would be a direct threat to the livelihoods of thousands of people across the whole of Cumbria, in both Barrow’s shipyards and in the Sellafield nuclear plant in neighbouring Copeland. Mr Corbyn is currently Vice President of CND and has publicly stated that he wants to end Britain’s nuclear deterrent ‘as soon as he can.’

Perhaps, if Mr Corbyn really cares about jobs in Barrow and Copeland he should disassociate himself from the CND once and for all?

Simon Fell

Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Barrow & Furness

Loving people until they learn to love themselves

Thank you to David and Ged for having me over to visit The Well earlier today. What an incredible place! 

The community that they’ve built there is a real tribute to the dedication of the staff and volunteers and the positive impact they are having across the community is remarkable.

David told us their motto as we were leaving: ‘we love people until they learn to love themselves.’ 

What a positive message to carry around with you every day.

Simon welcomes Boris’ pledge to keep Barrow jobs

Boris Johnson’s backing to Barrow’s submarine programme has been welcomed as great news for the region, guaranteeing work for thousands of local residents.

Simon Fell, the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Barrow and Furness said he was delighted the new Prime Minister has already pledged his support for the Dreadnought programme, which he called a ‘vital national asset’.

Simon said:

“I’m delighted that the Prime Minister has recognised how important it is to maintain a Continuous at Sea Deterrent and the vital important role every single worker at Barrow’s famous shipyards play in this.

“As he said in the Commons, the real threat to this deterrent and these livelihoods would be a Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour party in charge at Number 10. All Barrovians know that lifelong CND member Jeremy Corbyn does not support Barrow’s proud history of boat-building. He is a threat to livelihoods across Furness.

“Mr Johnson has only been in place for a few days, but he has already pledged a host of measures to get our country back on the road to a brighter future, including getting Brexit done by 31 October , with a great new deal for Britain.

 “He has also promised to hire 20,000 new police officers across the country, more investment in the NHS and schools, all pledges which I believe will benefit and will be welcomed by everyone across Barrow and Furness and the whole of Cumbria, as well as the country.”

Barrow in Furness announced as Historic High Streets Action Zone winner

Simon Fell, Conservative Candidate for Barrow and Furness, today praised the Government and Historic England for selecting Barrow and Furness as one of 69 historic towns which will share £95m to give high streets a new lease of life. 

Speaking from Ulverston, Simon said:

“A vibrant high street brings a community together. But many of them struggle against out-of-town retail parks, or online businesses, leading local businesses and independent retailers to close and the sad sight of empty shops. 

“Dalton Road is a perfect example of this, and I’m hopeful that this new funding will go some way towards restoring Barrow town centre and Duke Street in particular.

“This funding is on top of the the £1billion Future High Streets Fund which Barrow is shortlisted for, and which I am very hopeful we will be successful in. 

“This is an exciting time for Barrow’s high street and I’m delighted that the Government and Historic England are backing it.” 

The £95 million will create 69 new High Street Heritage Action Zones overseen by Historic England. The selected projects will now work with Historic England to develop plans to revive their high street over a four year programme.

Working with local councils and communities, Historic England will deliver physical improvements and cultural activities to regenerate these high streets and restore local historic character.

The initiative will be funded by combining £40 million from the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport’s Heritage High Street Fund with £52 million from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Future High Street Fund. £3 million will be provided by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to support a cultural programme to engage people in the life and history of their high streets.

The scheme will provide support for historic high streets and the communities who use them so they can adapt to the challenges they face. Through the programme, councils, businesses and community groups will be able to access expert advice and investment to bring historic buildings back to life

Disused or underused buildings will be transformed into creative spaces, offices, shops and housing. This revival will become the catalyst for wider regeneration, with heritage and local character at its heart.

Communities Secretary of State Robert Jenrick said:

“I want to make sure the nation’s high streets continue to be at the heart of local communities. Today’s funding, part of the £3.6 billion we have committed to helping towns across the country, will revitalise much-loved historic buildings, helping to reverse the decline of our town centres. Ensuring that prosperity and opportunities are available to everyone in this country, not just those in our biggest cities, is a priority of this Government in our mission to ‘level up’ the regions.”

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, said:

“We are doubling funding to nearly £100 million to revitalise our heritage high streets, ensuring they remain at the heart of our communities for years to come. This will help places across the country - from South Norwood to Scarborough - protect their treasured historic buildings and support local economies to thrive.“

Historic England’s Chief Executive, Duncan Wilson said:

“Our high streets are the beating hearts of our communities. Many have roots that go back hundreds of years. Their historic buildings and distinctive character tell the story of how our towns and cities have changed over time. They are places where people come together to socialise, shop, run businesses and be part of their local community, but now they face an uncertain future.

“Through physical improvements and cultural activities, we will work with partners to find new ways to regenerate our high streets. It is a challenge, but with our experience and track record, as well as the knowledge and passion of local councils, businesses and community groups our historic high streets can be thriving social hubs once more.”

The employment rate has never been higher in Barrow & Furness

Official ONS figures show that in the North West, there are now  3,480,365 people in work – meaning that, under the Conservatives, 301,391 more people have been able to access the security of a job. 

The figures show that there are more people with a full-time job than ever before and that the employment rate is at a joint record high.

And with wages rising at their fastest pace in more than 11 years – ahead of inflation for 18 months in a row – people’s pay packets are going further.

In Barrow and Furness, the number of people who are claiming key out-of-work benefits has fallen by 607 since 2010 – an overall reduction of 31 per cent.

These figures show the underlying strengths of our economy – with millions of people benefitting from a sustained boost in pay and access to a regular paycheque.

Boris Johnson and the Conservatives will ensure our economy continues to grow so that we can fund our vital public services – including 20,000 more police officers, more funding for schools and making sure people see more investment in the front line of our NHS.

Commenting from his family home in Ulverston, Simon Fell - the Conservatives’ candidate to be our next MP - has welcomed these figures, saying:

 “These figures show that Boris Johnson and the Conservatives are providing a solid foundation on which to build Britain’s economic future.

 “Families across the country are benefitting from a sustained boost in their wages. And with a record number of people in full-time work, we are giving more households the security of a regular wage.

 “Labour mean more dither and delay on Brexit, whilst their economic plans would wreck the economy – leaving us with more debt, higher taxes and fewer jobs, hurting the people they claim to help the most.”

 Jesse Norman, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, said: 

 “These are another remarkable set of jobs figures. Wages are now rising at an average of 4% and faster than prices, meaning people’s pay can go further.

 “With more people than ever before in full-time jobs and long-term unemployment halving, more people have the security of a regular wage and can provide for their families.

 “Boris Johnson and the Conservatives will continue to ensure the fundamentals of our economy are strong. Labour would wreck our economy and put people’s livelihoods at risk.”

We must leave the EU on October 31st

17.4 million people voted to leave the EU. I was one of them.

Today we saw Jeremy Corbyn, the SNP, the Lib Dems, and a rabble of remainers unite in an attempt to overturn the result of one of the largest democratic exercises ever undertaken in this country.

We cannot allow them to succeed. 

The people gave us their marching orders in the EU referendum. Shortly after, in the 2017 General Election, over 70% of voters backed a party that expressly committed to honouring the results of that same referendum.

It is past time for the political class to tell us that they know better. They must now get on and deliver Brexit.

We’ve already delayed leaving the EU once and betrayed the clear commitment we had with the British people. We cannot and must not allow the same thing to happen again. 

We must respect the result of the referendum and leave the EU on October 31st.

Simon Fell praises long-term investment pledge to the NHS

Simon Fell, Conservative parliamentary candidate for Barrow and Furness, has hit back at claims the NHS in Barrow and Furness is not being backed by the Government.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has recently announced an extra £1.8bn for the NHS on top of the £33.9bn committed for the service in 2023-24.

Barrow and Furness has recently seen big investment into the NHS locally with £12m for the Alfred Barrow Health Centre, and another £12m for the birthing centre at the Furness General Hospital.

Speaking from Ulverston, Simon said:

“I am very pleased to see extra investment being put into the NHS both locally and nationally.

“This Conservative Government has pledged to continue to invest in the NHS at record levels. Locally we are already seeing the effects with the Alfred Barrow Health Centre nearing completion, and with the new birthing centre at the Furness General Hospital.

“But I am keen to push for more investment and the qualified medical professionals we need to ensure that Furness is well served, both now and in the future.

“It’s time for Corbyn’s Labour Party to stop treating the NHS as a political football and instead have an honest conversation with local people about the services they need in our local NHS.

“I want to hear what the people of Barrow and Furness view as their healthcare priorities. I will shortly be sending out a survey so I can present the Prime Minister and Health Secretary with an honest account of local people’s views and make an informed case for long-term investment in Furness’ healthcare system.

“The NHS was created to provide healthcare that’s free at the point of use for every single person. Our investment means we can fulfil that promise for our children and grandchildren.”

Congratulations to Boris!

Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Barrow and Furness, Simon Fell, has today congratulated Boris Johnson for his resounding win today in the Conservative Leadership election.

Speaking from Ulverston, Simon said:

"I want to congratulate Boris Johnson on becoming the next Conservative Leader and Prime Minister. His clear message on Brexit, and his optimism and passion for Britain shone through during the campaign and carried him to victory.

"As a someone who voted to Leave the EU myself, I'm glad that we now have a committed Brexiteer at the helm. It's time to get out of the EU and unite the country once more. We are an incredible nation with so many opportunities ahead of us. Boris' positivity and vision will be crucial in the days and weeks ahead of October 31st."

Simon Fell selected as Conservative candidate for Barrow & Furness

At a special meeting of the Barrow and Furness Conservative Association at the Drill Hall last night, Simon Fell was overwhelmingly selected as the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Barrow and Furness. 

Mr Fell is Chairman of the Barrow and District Credit Union and a director of fraud prevention agency, Cifas. He is married to Pippa and has a 3-year-old daughter, Peg ,with another on the way. Since 2015, Mr Fell has reduced the Labour majority in Barrow to just 209 votes.

Speaking after the selection, Simon said:

I’m delighted by the result tonight. For too long Barrow and Furness has been denied a strong voice representing it in Westminster. Furness needs an MP who will work constructively with the government to deliver the changes we so badly need in our road, rail and broadband networks, who can secure the funding we need for our vital public services, and who will champion the world-class industry in our area.

Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party offers nothing for Barrow except uncertainty. He wants to shutter our largest employer and will decimate our local economy and public services by doing so.

I’m looking forward to finishing the job we started 5 years ago and turning Barrow blue once again. 

Speaking after the selection, Chair of Barrow and Furness Conservatives, Andrew Butcher, said:

Local Conservatives overwhelmingly voted for Simon. This is absolutely the right result. He is passionate about the area that his family have lived in for generations and has a positive vision for what Barrow and Furness can become. I look forward to seeing him elected in due course.

Simon Fell welcomes new support for tourism businesses in Barrow and Furness

Simon Fell, Conservative Spokesman for Barrow and Furness, has welcomed the launch of the new Tourism Sector Deal, which will benefit the 455 tourism-related businesses based in Barrow and Furness.

The tourism, hospitality and experience industries play a vital role in boosting our local economy in Barrow and Furness. These businesses will now be able to access a new tourism data hub, enabling them to offer an even better service for their visitors. 

The Deal – part of the Government’s modern Industrial Strategy – will help deliver 10,000 new apprenticeships, getting more people involved with the sector and ensuring it continues to go from strength to strength in the future.

The tourism sector is worth £68 billion every year to the UK economy, and employs 1.6 million people across the country. As we leave the EU, we are determined to support the industry and help it to grow. By 2025, there will be 9 million additional visits from people overseas to the UK. 

Under the new deal, more than 10,000 people who work in the tourism industry will also benefit from new mentorship schemes, while we’re providing a further £250,000 to improve broadband connectivity in a number of conference centres across the country. 

Commenting, Simon Fell said:

“Tourism is a hugely important to Barrow and Furness, and I am delighted that the 445 tourism-related businesses here will now be able to receive additional support, through our modern Industrial Strategy. 

“I hope that they are able to use the opportunities of the Sector Deal to attract even more people to the local area, boosting their businesses and creating more jobs. Barrow and Furness is a fantastic, diverse place with outstanding museums, historic attractions and wildlife – the more people we can let know about the hidden gem of Cumbria, the better.

“I’m proud that so many people want to visit Barrow and Furness every year, and hope that this deal will help us see even higher visitor numbers.”

Time for a new approach to banking

Following the news that Ulverston’s branch of Santander is marked for closure, Simon Fell, Conservative Spokesman for Barrow & Furness, has written to the Minister for Financial Services today, and called on the Government to look afresh at plans for multiple banks to share a single branch.

Speaking from Ulverston, Simon Fell said:

“Ulverston has already lost too many banks. Yes, more people are banking online or via apps, but that does not suit everyone.

“It is time for the government to consider bringing in a system which works in the USA, where multiple banks offer simple counter services from a single branch.

“These branches are cheaper to run but essential to customers who now find themselves having to travel long distances to perform essential banking services.

“Branch closures are so damaging to our local high streets. Ulverston is thriving, but to remain that way, we need a strong banking presence to remain.

“I have asked to meet with John Glen MP, the Minister for Financial Services, to discuss this issue in more detail and to call on the Government to consider themes that would allow banks like Santander to remain and possible for others to move into Ulverston.”

Defence Secretary offers support for Barrow

On Thursday 17 January, the Defence Secretary the Rt Hon Gavin Williamson MP visited Barrow and Furness to speak to party activists.

Over the course of a well-attended dinner at the Olde Mill, the Defence Secretary chatted with activists new and old, and shared stories of his time in government - from being David Cameron’s PPS, to becoming Chief Whip and then Defence Secretary under Theresa May.

Gavin Williamson praised the ‘world class’ workforce in Barrow, calling them the ‘envy of the world’ and promised that a Conservative government would never let its commitment to the Yard, or to Barrow, slide. Highlighting Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn’s affiliation with the campaign for nuclear disarmament, the Defence Secretary made it clear that Labour could offer no such assurances and were a ‘real risk’ to the future success of the area.

It was fantastic to have the Defence Secretary join us for a relaxed meal and discussion. He gave an excellent speech and provided a commitment to this area that was warmly welcomed. It was especially heartening to hear the Defence Secretary praise Barrow and its workforce. He was right to say that the skill base here is second-to-none, and to commit continued support to the Yard.

It was only in December that the Defence Secretary opened the £25million Submarine Academy in Barrow and provided a £400million funding boost to the Dreadnought programme, securing over 8,000 jobs.

Victory for A595 campaign!

Simon Fell, Conservative Spokesman for Barrow and Furness, has welcomed today’s announcement by the Transport Secretary that work will begin to build a bypass at Grizebeck, providing relief for locals and commuters alike.

At Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced the first five upgrades to the Major Road Network. One of these is at “the infamous farmyard bottleneck’ at Grizebeck.

Speaking at the Conference, Simon Fell said:

“I’m glad that after years of campaigning on this issue, the Government has pledged action to fix the A595. I would like to pay tribute to the hard work of many who have doggedly campaigned on this issue.

“It beggars belief that one of the main roads in our area runs through a farmyard and I look forward to this dangerous bottleneck being removed.

“I took Chris Grayling to Grizebeck with Trudy Harrison last year to see the bottleneck for himself. He was staggered by what he saw, and I’m very glad that his warm words are being translated into action.”

Labour’s not-so-secret plan to scrap Trident

At Labour Party Conference in Liverpool on Monday, Senior Labour MP Fabian Hamilton laid bare his plans for the Dreadnought programme and Barrow’s shipyard.

Speaking at a CND fringe meeting, Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘Minister for Peace’ said that he and Jeremy Corbyn want to scrap Trident and begin a ‘defence diversification’ programme that would see shipyard workers retrained to work in other sectors.

Simon Fell, the Conservative Party Spokesman for Barrow and Furness said:

“This deeply worrying and entirely naive policy would decimate Barrow and the surrounding areas.

“Labour have gone back to the 70s. This pie-in-the-sky idea would lead to highly-skilled workers leaving our area and a generation of talent lost.

“It’s not just the Yard that would be hit, but also the wider supply chain, apprenticeship programmes, and retailers. It would also be harder still to make the case for further investment in our schools, Furness General, roads and rail network with such a major employer brought to its knees by Jeremy Corbyn’s reckless Labour Party.

“It’s time for Jeremy Corbyn and his ‘Minister for Peace’ to think again so that these dangerous ideas are never allowed to rip the heart out of our town.”

Statement on John Woodcock's resignation from the Labour Party

On Wednesday 18th July 2018, John Zak Woodcock MP resigned the Labour Party whip. Barrow and Furness is now represented by an independent MP.

Commenting, Simon Fell, Conservative Spokesman for Barrow and Furness, said:

“I was saddened to read John’s resignation letter and have laid bare the absolute mess that the current Labour party is in.

“We now have an MP with zero influence either with the government or the opposition - a sorry state of affairs. Similarly, John’s actions have only highlighted that Labour are also divided and in chaos locally.

“John admitted himself that he was elected on a wafer-thin margin on the back of Jeremy Corbyn’s popularity last year. His actions now clearly break that trust.

“I’m glad that John has now stated that he will seek to support the government, especially as we now face the critical task of honouring the wishes of the 60% of Barrovians’ who voted to leave the EU.

“The hard-left Labour Party is a risk to Barrow’s prosperity. We can’t trust them with Barrow’s future, or our country's economy.”

Simon Fell welcomes latest jobs figures in Barrow & Furness

Figures out today show that the number of people in work is at a record high. In Barrow and Furness, the number of people who are unemployed has fallen by 652 – a 37% per cent drop – since 2010.

Employment has increased in the North West with 3,435,016 people in work – an increase of 256,016 more people in work since 2010.

Simon Fell has welcomed the new figures, which show that unemployment is at its lowest since 1975 and that the number of young people out of work has fallen by over 415,000 under the Conservatives. 

Conservative Spokesman for Barrow & Furness, Simon Fell said:

“Under the Conservatives, a record number of people are now in work and the unemployment rate has reached its lowest level in over 40 years. And with wages rising faster than prices, pay packets are going further.

“That means that more people than ever in Barrow and Furness have the security of a job and can provide for their families. There is more to do to deliver more jobs and higher salaries, and our welfare reforms and modern Industrial Strategy aim to do exactly that. Labour would put all this at risk.

“Only the Conservatives will continue to take the balanced approach our economy needs to support businesses to create better, higher paying jobs, ensuring a better future for Britain.”

Simon Fell welcomes latest construction figures

Simon Fell welcomes latest construction figures

Figures out today have revealed that the value of all work in the Construction industry has increased by 7 per cent since 2016-17, meaning more higher-paying jobs, better infrastructure and a growing economy.

The value of new housing work has increased by 13 per cent, as the Government is delivering more homes for people across the country.

The figures are a welcome boost in the North West where the value of new housing output has increased by 241.8% since 2009-2010 and the value of overall construction output has increased by 50.6%.

Simon Fell, Conservative Spokesman for Barrow and Furness, welcomed the figures, which show that the value of construction output in the North West was £4172.5m in the first quarter of 2018.

Commenting, Simon Fell said:

“This is welcome news, but there’s more to do to build a stronger economy with better, higher-paying jobs.  That’s why, through our new Construction Sector Deal and our modern Industrial Strategy, the Conservative Government is working to recruit and train the next generation of high-skilled construction workers in Barrow & Furness. 

“The construction industry makes a vital contribution to our economy, which is why we need to ensure that we have the skills we need to deliver homes, schools and other buildings across Barrow and Furness and build a country fit for the future. One only needs to look at the exciting work at Barrow Waterfront to see how construction is changing our town for the better.”

This follows a recent Government announcement of a new £420 million joint government-industry Construction Sector Deal to transform the industry, supported by the biggest government investment in construction for at least a decade.