The Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce has given its view on the Government’s austerity measures for a special TV news report to be aired next week.
The report investigates the possible effect of planned cuts in Halifax by comparing it with a similar cost-saving model used in Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada.
Strict austerity measures were introduced in Canada in an effort to reduce the national debt but there is divided opinion on the success of the model from within the Country.
The programme-makers interviewed influential business people across the Atlantic and closer to home to get their view on how effective these types of measures can be.
Steven Leigh, Head of Policy and Representation at the Chamber, told reporters that he thought the austerity plan in Britain was necessary to aid economic recovery.
He added that Chamber members were broadly in favour of the new measures but there was concern about the speed and severity of the cuts.
Asked about a possible north/south divide in Britain, Mr Leigh said he thought the measures were UK-wide but funding for transport was still much needed in Yorkshire.
The documentary will go out in four parts next week on ITV’s Calendar News starting on Monday 17 January at 6pm.