Levelling up funding introduced as tons of of cities left with nothing – see checklist

The Tories have been accused of “giving up” after tons of of communities’ pleas for additional Government money have been denied.

Fifty-five tasks throughout the UK have been awarded a share of practically £1billion from the Government’s levelling-up fund. But Labour criticised ministers for failing to elucidate what is going to occur to these areas whose bids have been unsuccessful.

The Department for Levelling Up was pressured to shake up its funding allocation after criticism that the final tranche was disproportionately handed to the comparatively prosperous South East. Rishi Sunak confronted an enormous backlash after his personal leafy Richmond constituency in Yorkshire acquired a hefty money injection within the earlier spherical.

The Department pressured that this third spherical of funding is unfold throughout all components of Great Britain. It mentioned the cash will assist unfold alternative, create jobs and revitalise native communities, with £825 million going in direction of regenerating excessive streets and £150 million in direction of bettering transport hyperlinks.

But following the announcement, Shadow Business Minister Justin Madders informed the Commons: “Where does this leave the hundreds of projects that still haven’t been successful? There was no mention of any future rounds in the statement. In fact, I think the minister said this was the final round of bidding, so where does that leave all the places that have been unsuccessful so far?

“What is the plan to handle these communities which might be crumbling, these excessive streets which might be emptying, is that this the top of any hope of levelling-up for them?” He said “this assertion provides no path forward to cope with these points, it simply rearranges the deck chairs with what has gone earlier than”, adding: “They should not levelling-up, they’re giving up.”

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) complained that no cash was allocated to Northern Ireland despite “tons of of appropriate functions”. The party’s Treasury spokesman Sammy Wilson said: “This is an outrageous act by the Government. Under the cloak of financial blackmail, the Government has syphoned cash away from Northern Ireland to shore up Conservative seats in England. The Government must be trustworthy. The actual cause for this allocation is to direct more cash into the marginal seats in Great Britain the place the Conservative Party is struggling.”

The latest projects earmarked for funding were chosen from a pool of bids that were unsuccessful in the second round, avoiding the competitive bidding process seen previously. The North West receives £128million, the North East £59million, Yorkshire and the Humber £16 million and the Midlands £171million in total, according to the levelling up department.

Allocations include £20 million to grow fishing and high-skilled sustainable jobs in Torbay, £18 million to regenerate three former mining communities in Doncaster and £15 million to upgrade Blackpool’s transport network. The highest award in the funding round – £48 million – goes towards upgrading the Penistone railway line in Yorkshire.

Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove said: “Levelling up means delivering native folks’s priorities and bringing transformational change in communities which have, for too lengthy, been missed and undervalued. Today we’re backing 55 tasks throughout the UK with £1billion to create new jobs and alternatives, energy financial progress and revitalise native areas. This funding sits alongside our wider initiatives to unfold progress, by means of devolving more cash and energy out of Westminster to cities and cities, setting up bespoke interventions to locations that want it most, and our Long-Term Plan for Towns.”

The Tories’ flagship levelling-up plan came under further criticism last week after a report by the National Audit Office said just 64 out of more than 1,300 projects have been completed while 76 were still yet to begin. It said delivery across three government funds worth up to £9.5billion is behind schedule.

Full list of levelling up funding

Birmingham National Centre for Decarbonisation of Heat £19,999,260
Blackpool Blackpool Town Centre Access Scheme (TCAS) – regeneration focused transport investment £15,385,023
Bolton Bolton Town Centre North Regeneration Project £20,000,000
Bradford Enhancing Keighley engineering, manufacturing, and economic role in the region £19,814,140
Carmarthenshire Regenerating Llanelli £15,547,105
Cheltenham National Cyber Innovation Centre £20,000,000
Chorley Town Centre Improvements and Civic Square Development £20,000,000
Croydon Reconnected Croydon £18,498,777
Denbighshire Tackling Deep Rooted Denbighshire Deprivation through Pride of Place & Natural Environment £19,973,283
Doncaster Levelling Up Doncaster North £17,950,341
Dudley Levelling Up Halesowen £20,000,000
Dudley Brierley Hill Education Quarter £20,000,000
Dumfries and Galloway Dumfries and Galloway Transport Bid £13,752,000
Dumfries and Galloway
(with Scottish Borders and South Lanarkshire)
Three Rivers Active Tourism Project £22,809,416
Enfield Levelling Up Angel Edmonton £11,902,562
Glasgow City Drumchapel Town Centre Regeneration £14,979,646
Gloucester Greyfriars Quarter Regeneration £11,002,685
Gosport Reconnecting Historic Gosport Waterfront £18,117,915
Gravesham St George’s Square £20,000,000
Isle Of Wight Island Green Link £13,634,420
Kirklees Huddersfield Open Market Regeneration Project (HOMH) £16,649,855
Kirklees Penistone Line Rail Upgrade £47,917,122
Leeds Heart of Holbeck £15,949,291
Leicester Connecting St Margaret’s £12,177,706
Manchester Regenerating Wythenshawe Town Centre £20,000,000
Moray Elgin City Centre Masterplan: Levelling Up Moray £18,291,000
Neath Port Talbot Newbridge Active Travel Link and Dock Access £12,166,268
Neath Port Talbot Port Talbot Town Centre Regeneration £14,835,600
Newark And Sherwood Shaping Sherwood Revival £19,995,358
Newcastle Upon Tyne River Tyne Regeneration Infrastructure £19,417,075
North Ayrshire* (with South Ayrshire) Levelling Up For Ayrshire: Commercial and Low Carbon Infrastructure £37,456,821
North Lincolnshire Scunthorpe Town Centre Vibrancy £15,867,608
Norwich Mile Cross Health, Wellbeing and Economic Activity £7,583,515
Nottingham Bulwell Town Centre Regeneration £19,867,000
Pembrokeshire Westgate to Eastgate: Levelling Up Pembroke Town £10,543,627
Plymouth Plymouth and South Devon Freeport (Freeport) Accelerating Plymouth Waterfront Regeneration £19,946,417
Powys Promoting recreational tourism in Powys through transport investment £17,714,498
Sandwell Grove Lane £18,063,128
Sheffield Parkwood Springs £19,389,336
Somerset A Vision for Tonedale 2022 £19,987,663
South Derbyshire Swadlincote Town Centre £1,108,000
South Lanarkshire National Business District: Shawfield – Remediation and Development £14,637,600
South Tyneside South Shields Riverside Transformation £20,000,000
Stafford Stafford Station Gateway £19,998,144
Stockton-on-Tees Stockton North – Billingham Town Centre £20,000,000
Tameside Destination Denton £16,764,793
Test Valley Andover Revealed £18,316,968
Torbay Brixham Fish and Hi Tech Chips £20,000,000
Vale Of Glamorgan Barry Making Waves – Y Barri Creu Tonnau £19,856,251
Wakefield The Ridings Wakefield £15,255,684
Watford Create Watford £16,021,788
Westmorland and Furness Heart of Kendal £13,476,700
Wigan Leigh Town Centre £11,389,554
Wirral Renewal of Liscard Town Centre £10,788,000
Wolverhampton Green Innovation Corridor £19,992,245