Thursday 25 March 2021 / 12:01 AM Steve Reed

Steve Reed comments on new research by the Centre for Progressive Policy showing 6.5m living in areas not prioritised by Government regeneration funding

Steve Reed MP, Labour’s Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, commenting on new research by the Centre for Progressive Policy that shows that 6.5 million people are living in the top third of deprived local authorities which are not going to be prioritised by Government regional regeneration funding, said:

“This research is further proof that the Conservatives’ claim to be fixing regional inequalities is a sham. Voters won’t be fooled by a party that demands gratitude for giving back a tiny fraction of the investment they took away in the first place.

“The Conservatives are blocking regions from getting their fair share of funding so they can funnel it to wealthier areas instead.

“The Conservatives have weakened the foundations of our economy and pulled our country apart. Only Labour will bring our country back together, spread opportunity and create a more secure economy.”