Barnsley is on the up report shows

Barnsley Council has more than doubled its target for securing inward investment, a new report shows.

The performance report for the second quarter of 2014 shows it has secured £51.3m - significantly higher than its year-end target of £20m.

The council has also supported the creation of 70 new businesses, bringing the total to 424 this year, while the number of people on Jobseekers’ has fallen to its lowest since 2008.

Additional investment relating to the development of the Aldi distribution centre in Goldthorpe will also boost the economy and generate further employment opportunities, the report adds.

Other achievements include 84 council apprenticeships.

Coun Alan Gardiner, cabinet spokesperson for Corporate Services said: “The report gives an honest and robust overview of our performance, and shows some key areas of improvement.”

He added:“We’ve successfully increased investment and employment in the area, helping to create a thriving and sustainable economy and build a brighter future.”