Published: 8th Oct 2020

More than 40 council leaders have called on the government to set up a £1bn fund to help coastal towns recover from coronavirus and go green. In a letter to the chancellor, Rishi Sunak and organised by the Maritime UK group, the council leaders warn that coastal and former industrial towns are the ‘most economically at risk’ from the current pandemic. But it adds that the maritime sector is ‘uniquely positioned’ to create new opportunities to help these local economies recover. It calls on ministers to invest £1bn to ‘kick-start’ a maritime decarbonisation programme, which could directly create 15,200 jobs and support a further 58,400 jobs in the supply chain. ‘That this letter has been signed by mayors and council leaders from across the United Kingdom demonstrates the unique role that maritime plays across the whole country,’ said Maritime UK director, Ben Murray. ‘Our Spending Review bid would create 74,000 well-paid, … (To read the full article, subscribe below)