Jeremy puts Neath on Welsh Government’s economic agenda

Assembly Member Jeremy Miles has taken the ideas of Neath businesses and organisations to the heart of the Welsh Government. Following work over recent months through his Neath Area Economic Forum initiative, Jeremy met with the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates and ministers, Julie James and Alun Davies to discuss how the Welsh Government will help to develop the economy of the Neath area in the future.

Among the areas discussed at the meeting were options for enhanced regional support for economic activity, how to integrate the public transport network through providing a New Deal for Bus Users and how local supply chains can be better supported by including public sector bodies such as local authorities and the NHS.

Earlier this year, Jeremy published a report calling for investment in skills, enhanced support for businesses and stimulating local supply chains. Welsh Government officials have now agreed to use the report to inform their new economic strategy.

Jeremy Miles, Assembly Member for Neath said:

“I’m confident that with the right economic strategy, the Neath area will thrive and become an ever more attractive place to live, work, invest and build in. It has been my goal as an Assembly Member to ensure that the voices of the people of Neath are heard in decisions by the government.

There are some really big issues to grapple with in our economy and we should be bold enough to meet them head on. The Neath Area Economic Forum has shown local support for national investment in infrastructure in our region – be it the tidal lagoon, digital or transport, for supporting sectors which can offer good jobs closer to home, and making it easy for people to keep their skills up to date to meet the demands of an ever-changing economy. With the new City Deal for our region we need to make sure that local people can access the jobs that will come.

I’m grateful to the Cabinet Secretary who has encouraged people to come forward with their ideas for the Welsh Government’s new economic strategy and to the support given by ministers Julie James and Alun Davies in working together to boost our region.”