West London councils awarded £11.1m

The successful bid for the award was made by the West London Alliance (WLA) which is a partnership of seven London councils - Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow. 

The award of £11.1million is for investment in projects that support growth, help local businesses, develop skills and boost employment prospects for residents, and support delivery of high-speed broadband.

This award, which forms part of wider efforts to devolve resources to local councils, is the largest to any sub-region in London.  It is split into two broad areas; £7.7m to invest in connecting strategically important locations with fast fibre, and £3.4m towards a range of employment and training programmes aimed at equipping individuals from all backgrounds with the skills they need to succeed and to progress in work.

The successful bids reflect new resources for local areas to invest in the shared priorities of the councils across West London.

Councillor Julian Bell, Chair of the West London Economic Prosperity Board, said: “I’m delighted that our collective efforts, across borough boundaries, to enhance the economic prosperity of West London are paying off. This award will make a huge difference to thousands of businesses and residents over the coming years and is a vote of confidence in our ability to work together and really set the economic agenda for one of the largest sub-regional economies in the country.

“We know local businesses have been calling for investment in digital infrastructure, particularly faster Broadband, for many years, so this is a significant step in the right direction.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues from across the West London Alliance area to now make these projects a reality.”

Councillor Stephen Curran, Chair of the West London Skills, Employment and Productivity Board, said: “This is fantastic news. We know that helping people from all backgrounds into meaningful employment is one of the best things we can do to both boost the success of the workforce, as well as to enable our residents to enjoy the good health and wellbeing they deserve.

“The coming year will be an exciting time, as we work to deliver these projects on the ground and ensure that local communities and businesses really feel the benefit.

“This award also demonstrates the commitment we have as a partnership of boroughs, businesses and other organisations to invest in the long-term success of our local communities across West London.”

The WLA is responsible for driving forward delivery of the West London Vision for Growth, which has the goal of ensuring that the West London sub-region remains a thriving and prosperous part of a premier world city, with highly profitable businesses investing in it, successful residents and resilient communities.