When the chips are down Devon County, Plymouth and Torbay sideline HotSW LEP (Heart of the South West local enterprise partnership – our supposed devolution body). They don’t even mention the newly formed body, the Great South West headed by Steve Hindley, Chairman of construction group MIDAS.
Takes a crisis to concentrate minds.
BBC Devon website:
As many as 123,000 jobs in Devon could be lost as a result of the coronavirus crisis, a new report has indicated.
Commissioned by Devon, Plymouth and Torbay councils, the Covid-19 Economic Resilience report also predicted a potential loss to the economy of nearly £2bn.
It was commissioned by the three three local authorities following a request from the government’s Local Economies Advisory Panel.
They have jointly called on the government to provide more financial assistance to the county, after they created and presented the report to the panel.
The combined impact of job losses in the air industry, hospitality, food and drink, and retail sectors have contributed to the panel giving Devon’s economy a “red rating”.
Disruption to the construction, manufacturing, marine and fishing industries are also being reported as orders fail to materialise, while Jobcentres are reporting an average rise of six times the number of claimants, the report said.
We want local businesses to know that we are in their corner, fighting for them, and we’re urging the government to get behind us.
Devon County Council Leader