Conservative Group Leader on Brighton & Hove City Council – Cllr. Geoffrey Theobald – has welcomed the announcement from Chancellor George Osborne in today’s Autumn Statement that Brighton & Hove is to receive a part of £50 million Government funding to support investment in Ultrafast Broadband in the city.
The money will be provided through the Super Connected Cities fund, which the Chancellor extended to smaller cities such as Brighton & Hove earlier this year.
Brighton & Hove City Council has estimated that the funding could bring £125 million per annum into the local economy, creating 1,000 new jobs and boosting the city’s already impressive rate of new start up companies.
Cllr. Theobald said, “This is great news for the city. The digital industries are fundamental to our future prosperity and this investment in new ultrafast broadband will give them a huge boost as well as supporting other businesses in the city. I would like to pay tribute to local MPs Simon Kirby and Mike Weatherley who I know have been lobbying their colleagues in Government strongly for this funding over a number of months now.”
Cllr. Theobald added: “Today’s announcement comes hot on the heels of two funding awards from the Government totalling almost £1 million to implement a communal recycling scheme and to tackle fuel poverty in the city. These awards make the Green Administration’s claim that the Government is singling Brighton & Hove out for cuts and austerity frankly ridiculous.”