Wednesday 24 February 2021 / 6:15 PM Bridget Phillipson

Bridget Phillipson responds to announcement that levelling up fund will be used to make direct grants to local areas across UK

Bridget Phillipson MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, responding to Steve Barclay’s announcement that the levelling up fund will be used to make direct grants to local areas across the UK rather than just in England, said:

“This announcement from the government rides roughshod over the UK’s devolution settlement and the control that devolved nations should have over the future of their communities.

“Councils competing for pots of area-based funding is not a strategic approach to securing our economy and rebuilding our country.

“We’re seeing this government’s true colours. The government isn’t just setting towns against each other, but nations against each other.”