COVID-19 Economic Response Statement
Our COVID-19 Economic Response Statement sets out SELEP’s immediate response to the impacts of the pandemic and outlines our focus for longer term economy recovery and growth.
Calling government for investment
To that end we act as a key stakeholder in galvanising ambition for the South East and calling on Government to shape national policy and maximise investment for growth in our area seeking to address a widening gap between the population growth and the suitability of the infrastructure that is in place to support that population and allow it to thrive economically.
In total the SELEP Growth Deal with Government has brought nearly £600m of investment to East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock and over the lifetime of the Deal (2015-2021) we aim to deliver 78,000 jobs and 29,000 homes.
Working with partners and businesses
We continue to work with all our partners and with businesses to deliver nearly 200 projects in the South East and maximise our call on Government for investment as we seek to address the widening gap between the population growth and the suitability of the infrastructure that is in place to support that population and allow it to thrive economically, and in doing so to set the example for the rest of the country to follow.
The population of our area is set to rise significantly over the coming five years. Investment is needed now. The South East LEP and its partner authorities are united in their ambition to achieve an unprecedented scale of economic growth.
A key area in the UK
The SELEP geographical area is vital as the gateway to the UK economy. For the Midlands and the North to flourish, the South needs to be enabled to continue to grow; to support national productivity and to maximise the benefit of our location to provide significant numbers of jobs; development land for homes and more opportunities for our residents.