Quality of life

The North of England and Wales offer an outstanding quality of life which attracts tourists, businesses and investors from around the world. That’s why investment in housing, education, healthcare, culture and tourism is at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse.

The success of the Northern Powerhouse will be determined by the people who live there. Investing in the region’s residential and cultural assets will help to attract and retain the best talent to ensure long-term sustainable increases in productivity and growth.

What we are doing

National parks and forests

£350 million committed to English National Parks, areas of outstanding natural beauty and forests, including the North’s Peak District, Lake District, North York Moors, Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland National Park.

The Factory arts venue

We have committed £78 million towards a new theatre for Manchester called the Factory which when complete in 2019 will be a significant addition to the cultural offer of the region.

Great Exhibition of the North

We have announced that Newcastle and Gateshead will host the Great Exhibition of the North. We are contributing £5 million towards the exhibition itself and a further £15 million into a legacy fund to attract further cultural investment in the Northern Powerhouse.

Manchester Museum

£5 million to support Manchester Museum to create a new permanent South Asia Gallery, in partnership with the British Museum.

Hull UK City of Culture

The government’s £13 million contribution to the Hull City of Culture 2017 will help promote the Northern Powerhouse’s cultural offer.

Improving schools

In 2016 we announced that Sir Nick Weller would produce a report examining educational underperformance in the North and committed £70 million to support educational improvement. We welcome the independent report, in particular proposals on attracting and retaining high quality teachers and we agree that building Multi Academy Trust capacity is fundamental to driving up standards. We will look to engage the regions and the sector to work up plans in these areas and provide more details in spring 2017.

Shakespeare North

£5 million to support the Shakespeare North project to celebrate the Elizabethan heritage of Knowsley near Liverpool. The project aims to bring Shakespearean theatre back to the area.

Boost sport across England

Boost sport across the region by bringing the 2021 Rugby League World Cup and the Cycling World Championships to the Northern Powerhouse.

Did you know

If the Northern Powerhouse had competed at the 2012 Olympic Games it would have come 6th, ahead of Germany, France and Australia.

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