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Sitting MP Ian Swales and Prospective MP Cllr Josh Mason are today celebrating the news that Redcar will be receiving £900,000 from the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund to create a catering academy at Kirkleatham Pavilion.

The academy will create 55 jobs, 64 apprenticeships and around 300 training places.

The announcement comes just two weeks after Ian Swales urged ministers in Parliament to look closely at the fund’s allocation in Redcar. Speaking in Parliament Ian Swales said:  “I ask the Government to look closely at favouring areas in which the licence income is generated. We have 27 turbines just off our beach, in addition to gas pipelines, cables and so on. That is where a lot of the coastal community money is generated, so let us make sure we get our fair share of it back again.”

Commenting on the announcement Ian Swales said: “This is fantastic news for our area! My Liberal Democrat colleague and Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander created this fund to help areas like this and to create new and exciting opportunities for coastal towns.

“Just two weeks ago I urged the Government to consider Redcar and Cleveland’s bid very carefully given that a lot of its money is generated here through projects like the offshore wind farm. It is great to see our area getting what it deserves.”

Prospective Parliamentary Candidate Cllr Josh Mason commented: “This is yet another brilliant example of the Government investing in our area and creating new opportunities for local people.

“Job and apprenticeship creation are high on the Liberal Democrat agenda and will remain our focus until our area is booming again. There’s always more to do but we’re on the right track!”


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