THE directly elected Labour Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville has slammed the Government’s Levelling Up Fund after Conservative constituencies were seemingly prioritised for funding over poorer Labour boroughs.

In a joint letter with the leaders and mayors of twelve of the most deprived London boroughs, they pointed out that the Government’s own deprivation stats showed boroughs like Hackney are more deprived than other constituencies in the top priority group.

Rishi Sunak’s own constituency Richmondshire is in the first priority group for levelling up funding despite being the 251st most deprived local authority district in the country, while Hackney is the 22nd most deprived area and in priority two.

Similarly, the Conservative constituency of Derbyshire Dales is the 265th most deprived and in priority one, as is High Peak which is the 202nd most deprived.

Philip Glanville, the directly elected Labour & Co-operative Mayor of Hackney said: “Levelling-up areas in the North of England shouldn’t mean levelling-down London and ignoring the needs of people in Hackney.

“We have some of the most deprived areas in the country, and the Hackney Labour budget we passed last month will help us rebuild a fairer Hackney and support our most vulnerable residents.

“We invested in projects to support our most vulnerable residents with access to health food, reduced the Council Tax bill for our poorest residents through our CTRS scheme and set-aside funding for projects to reduce school exclusions and increase attainment among our young people.

“But this hard-work is done in spite of this Tory Government that has led a decade of austerity and failed to support the poorest through this pandemic. Now they are prioritising investment for Conservative-voting areas over areas with the most need.

“I call on the Chancellor to publish the data behind the priority groups to explain how the Government came to its decision.”

9 March 2021

 

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