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Southwark politicians hit out at ‘levelling up fund’ that will prioritise richer, Tory areas over Southwark

Southwark politicians have hit out at the government’s new ‘levelling up’ fund, saying it is prioritising richer, Tory areas for regeneration funding.

One constituency to benefit from the flagship programme is chancellor Rishi Sunak’s home borough of Richmondshire district in North Yorkshire, which sits in the top fifth of England’s most prosperous places, compared to Southwark which is the 43rd most deprived.

Newark and Sherwood, Pembrokeshire, Dumfries and Galloway and Great Yarmouth local authorities, which include the constituencies of the Chancellor, communities secretary Robert Jenrick, Welsh secretary Simon Hart, Scottish secretary Allister Jack and Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis respectively, were all included in the first tier of eligibility for priority funding.

Cllr Kieron Williams, Southwark Council’s leader, said: “As we come out of this global and national crisis we need funding for every region, but it is crucial that it is done fairly and with a say for local communities. 

“Instead the government is pitting regions and nations against each other for money that should reach communities as a matter of course.

“Labour is calling on the government to invest in the public transport infrastructure, green energy, town centre renewal and innovation that will not just get our economy going again, but improve all of our lives and help tackle the climate emergency too.  

“This includes projects like the Bakerloo Line Extension that could unlock thousands of jobs and homes in Southwark.

“Piecemeal pots of funding do not make up for a decade of cuts to local communities: it just highlights this government’s failure to bring prosperity to our cities and regions.”

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  1. Firstly when do the Residents of Southwark really have a political financial say or any say come to that let alone converse with its leaders for a point of view not politically affiliated when it’s a known fact decisions are already made and money issues for Southwark been going on years way before there were Tories in Government and does not our Borough funding come via City Hall decisions signed for before consultations usually and in turn is this political point really that relevant from a residents point of view when we see and experience first hand the real issue and secondly why is Southwark Politicians worrying about London Boroughs not related to Southwark when surely the priority should be clean up in house missing millions of waste first and get out of contracts costing millions in waste management for example to better equip a Green Energy pledge or ideal for far less than it costs in incompetence!

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