Leeds City Council and the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership have welcomed the news that Leeds will be the home of the UK’s first-ever infrastructure bank.
The UK Infrastructure Bank will have an initial capitalisation of £12 billion and is expected to support at least £40 billion of investment in infrastructure projects.
UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak used his Budget speech to announce that Leeds has been chosen as the location for the bank, which will invest in public and private projects across the UK.
Councillor James Lewis, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “The news that Leeds will be the home of the new national infrastructure bank is a vote of confidence in the city and everyone who lives here.
“This move will give Leeds a central role in decisions that will shape the country’s future and its potentially transformative power should not be underestimated – particularly when working in tandem with the new Treasury North campus planned for Darlington.
“I am also determined to ensure that local people reap the benefits that it should bring in terms of job creation.
“As a council, we care deeply about climate change and the environment, so it is particularly exciting that our city will be at the heart of projects designed to drive forward what is sometimes described as the green industrial revolution.
“We have spent years telling people that Leeds is the place to be and it is really gratifying that our voices have now been heard.”
Roger Marsh, chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, said: “Locating this powerful national institution in our region will be a real catalyst for change and a major driver of our post-pandemic recovery.
“It will build on our long-term commitment to ensuring that the benefits of economic growth are felt by all of our communities.
“The UK Infrastructure Bank will play a crucial role in supporting the Government to achieve its pledge to level-up the UK, reach net-zero carbon by 2050 and accelerate COVID-19 recovery.
“This landmark decision is testament to the strength of our financial and professional services sector and will ensure a strong and successful long-term economic outlook for the city region, the North and the UK.
“It will act as a catalyst to inspire economic growth and business confidence at a time when it is needed most and it is pleasing that it will be operating from Leeds.
“The move also signifies a new page in the relationship between the Government and cities and regions across the North, where we work in partnership to unlock economic potential and deliver on the ambitions for levelling-up all parts of the country.”