Why now for NEvolution

THE timing of NEvolution is all-important.

Its aim is to lobby Chancellor George Osborne and positively influence the outcome of the Spending Review, announced on Wednesday, June 26.

It will highlight that this is the only UK region with net balance of trade.

The Spending Review will cover government expenditure from April 2015 onwards.

But by June 26, we hope our campaign will show to Westminster it should take up the points recommended in the Heseltine Report, published in November.

Lord Heseltine was asked to look into ways of improving the economies of English cities. He recommended devolving power to the English regions. His report, called No Stone Unturned, also advised that a single local growth fund to deal with housing, skills and transport should be set up. His ideas were largely praised by the Chancellor and the Government announced it would largely accept the report.

Skills and transport are among the areas that NEvolution will campaign for.