The Northern and Western Regional Assembly says the absence of a specific stumulus package for the North West ‘could represent a missed opportunity’ for the region.
As part of its Budget 2022 submission, the Assembly had sought such a package to counter the impacts of Brexit and Covid in the effort to tackle long-term economic decline.
John Daly, economist with the Northern and Western Regional Assembly, says there were positives in the budget.
However, he added that the Assembly saw yesterday’s budget as a key opportunity to address economic challenges facing the north west.
He pointed out there had previously been specific regional stimulus packages, an example having been for the border region.