West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has hit out at the Government’s decision to prioritise their own Conservative constituencies for the ‘Levelling Up Fund’ over those constituencies more clearly in need.
Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak has announced the Levelling Up Fund, which aims to invest in regeneration and growth in places in need and areas of low productivity. The prospectus for this initiative placed each area in one of three groups based on priority. Whilst West Lancashire was put in the middle group, a number of Government Minister’s constituencies were included in the highest priority group.
Rosie Cooper MP said:
“It is an absolute disgrace that the Government have once again chosen to selfishly prioritise their own, often significantly better off areas, above places that truly require investment.
“West Lancashire struggles with endemic flooding issues, significantly underfunded public transport and the largest town has a non-existent night-time economy, yet the Government consider this a low priority area!
“I have asked the Government to publish their criteria for this decision, as the correct level of transparency will certainly expose the preferential treatment being given to certain areas!”