Mid-term coalition review promises more cash for Gloucestershire - but residents not convinced
MORE Whitehall funding will be targeted at boosting economic growth in Gloucestershire and other areas under government plans.
It is among the commitments made in a coalition mid-term review launched by David Cameron and Nick Clegg, two and a half years into the Government's term.
Billed as a "stock-take" of the Government's progress, the 46-page document, entitled The Coalition: Together In The National Interest, lists the Government's achievements and its plans for the remainder of this parliament.
The move to devolve more cash to local areas to promote growth was one of the proposals put forward in a report by former Conservative cabinet minister Lord Heseltine.
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Mark Harper, Tory MP for the Forest of Dean and Immigration Minister, said: "The coalition came together to tackle head-on the economic uncertainty facing the country and fix the mess left behind by 13 years of Labour mismanagement.
"It has put the national interest ahead of party political agendas, making tough but necessary decisions to fix the problems we inherited."
Lib Dem MP for Cheltenham Martin Horwood said: "It's quite a good opportunity to focus on what's been achieved rather than the disagreements.
"I think for the remainder of this term of this government we need to focus on the long list of things in the coalition agreement we still haven't achieved."
Conservative MP for Tewkesbury Laurence Robertson said: "Obviously I would rather we were governing on our own, but we are not and have got to make the best of it for another couple of years. We are where we are."
The coalition's performance was given mixed reports by the people of Gloucestershire.
Barmaid Sarah Guilfoyle, from Gloucester, said: "They cut my housing benefit, my tax credits, car tax has gone up and food prices have soared.
"Now I'm getting married and it looks like we will be even worse off."
Jobless 49-year-old Diane Richards, from Cirencester, said: "The Government has done nothing to try and get me back into work. It's pointless because there just isn't work out there."
Student Luke Garner, 18, from Tredworth, said: "I don't like the sound of them cutting child benefit because I've got brothers and sisters who rely on support."
And Neil Broadbent, 32, from Hatherley, said: "I think they have done okay, but it seems to be quite fractious at the moment. Perhaps they should present a more united front."
Graduate Tom Causon, 24, from Cheltenham, said: "I've just missed the rise in tuition fees, but I feel for those going into university now. It is not a fantastic coalition, and I hope they will scrap any future increase in fees."
Kathleen Gomm, 70, from Bishop's Cleeve, said: "I think the presence of Nick Clegg is not helping. Cameron does not seem to get anything done with the coalition."