Wakefield’s Member of Parliament Imran Ahmad Khan has welcomed over £30 million in funding announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in today’s budget announcement.
- £24.9 million for Wakefield's Towns Fund Bid, spread across four projects
- £5 million offered to Wakefield Council for a new media hub
- £150,000 as part of the levelling up fund to scope and develop new, exciting projects
The Wakefield MP commented “I am thrilled by the additional £25 million given to Wakefield by the Chancellor for redevelopment of areas including Westgate, Little Westgate and Bread Street, Kirkgate Gateway Neighbourhood and the wider Kirkgate area. I am pleased to also note that £5 million has also been given to Wakefield from the DCMS for our arts and cultural sector, and £150,000 from the Levelling Up Fund. These funds are incredibly welcome, and a crucial step towards a reimagined Wakefield. I will continue to lobby Government for additional funds to ensure we do not only rejuvenate, but prosper following the end of this pandemic.”
The MP has been running successful Business Continuity sessions throughout the pandemic and has been keen to support businesses in Wakefield to survive during the pandemic. Speaking about some of the worst hit industries, he said of the budget, “The hospitality, tourism, transport, arts and cultures, and entertainment industries have all been some of the worst affected by the pandemic and lockdowns. The support measures outlined by the Chancellor will ensure that they can recover swiftly, and I strongly welcome these new grants.”