WARRINGTON is one of two Cheshire towns to benefit from funding to help boost jobs and economic growth.

The towns fund is £3.6 billion of funding for 100 areas with proud industrial and economic heritage which have not benefitted from economic growth in the same way as more prosperous areas.

Communities secretary, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, said: "Ensuring that prosperity and opportunities are available to everyone in this country, not just those in London or our biggest cities, is central to the mission of this government.

"We want to level-up our great towns, raising living standards and ensuring they can thrive with transformative investment in infrastructure, technology, skills and culture.

"I will now work with people from the 100 communities announced to agree proposals to invest up to £25m in each place.

"I hope these deals will provide the investment and the impetus for long-term renewal ensuring each place can look to the future with a new optimism."

This follows the Prime Minister’s announcement in July of an additional £1.325 billion to support towns and a guide and eligibility criteria for funding will soon be published.

Once approved, new town deals should improve connectivity, provide social and cultural infrastructure and boost growth, with communities having a say on how the money is spent.

Decisions on funding any proposals will be made in due course.