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"Levelling up" ? - not yet!

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varian Mon 11-Oct-21 10:56:26

Boris Johnson’s flagship levelling up strategy has been undermined as it emerged that a £220 million fund to boost deprived communities unveiled several months ago has not yet been allocated to councils.

The UK Community Renewal Fund was launched in March this year to replace EU regional funding lost after Britain left the EU, with local authorities invited to submit bids for the cash.

But a promise by ministers to allocate the funding in July has been broken, and last night the government admitted the bids are still being assessed.

The failure to meet the target was exposed by the Liberal Democrats, who said councils were running out of time to spend the money before the deadline of March 2022.

Lib Dem communities and local government spokesman Tim Farron accused ministers of “abandoning deprived communities and leaving local councils in the dark”.

Emails seen by i from councils reveal that town hall chiefs are exasperated by the lack of clarity from the government, as they are unable to make plans or meet targets without confirmation that the funding is coming.

Council leaders have not even received a response from the government.

inews.co.uk/news/politics/220m-level-up-fund-deprived-communities-not-been-given-out-by-ministers-7-months-on-1242208

Whitewavemark2 Mon 11-Oct-21 10:57:18

There will be no levelling up.

midgey Mon 11-Oct-21 11:01:14

There can be no levelling up as it is totally undefined.

winterwhite Mon 11-Oct-21 11:40:55

If ever allocated the money will have numerous strings attached that weren't mentioned when bids were invited and it will be allocated where thought to be politically advantageous.

Urmstongran Mon 11-Oct-21 11:46:02

I think firms offering higher wages is a form of levelling up and a step in the right direction.

winterwhite Mon 11-Oct-21 11:55:46

Welcome if it's happening and without compensating redundancies, but this has nothing to do with the £220m for deprived communities, Urmstongran. The OP makes a very valid point.

PippaZ Mon 11-Oct-21 12:12:37

midgey

There can be no levelling up as it is totally undefined.

Exactly.

PippaZ Mon 11-Oct-21 12:44:31

Urmstongran

I think firms offering higher wages is a form of levelling up and a step in the right direction.

Not if they go out of business.

However, I have always felt it should be businesses that apply for benefits. We should have a proper minimum wage, not one that requires further benefits. Any company that says it can't afford it should be able to apply for grants/loans. To get money from the government they would have to submit all the business accounts and an account of all salaries and any other costs attached to each person in the company.

GillT57 Mon 11-Oct-21 12:53:57

Levelling up is like 'Build Back Better', just words. Wasn't it acknowledged that the bulk of the previous lot of money went to Tory seats? 39 out of the 45 constituencies I believe. Frankly, anyone who believes anything this administration says needs to have a long hard look at themselves, maybe after they have spoken to Father Christmas and the tooth fairy.

Urmstongran Mon 11-Oct-21 13:11:09

Biden is doing ‘Build Back Better’ too in the USA. Who was first?

Many societies are unequal. It must feel hard to belong to a group who feel unheard and under represented. I dare say any improvements will be welcomed by those communities. If they feel their lives have been enhanced they will vote accordingly at the next GE. If not, ditto but in the other direction I suppose.

grannyactivist Mon 11-Oct-21 13:13:28

PippaZ - sorry, I've only just seen your post and have posted a new thread in a similar vein. I think your solution to the problem of businesses making excessive profits off the back of government-subsidised workers is a very good one.

Pammie1 Mon 11-Oct-21 13:20:18

It’s words. And after hearing what Boris has had to say on various issues in the last few weeks, I wouldn’t trust him or his crew with watering my houseplants, never mind anything else.

Urmstongran Mon 11-Oct-21 13:20:50

I too agree about a proper minimum wage PippaZ requiring no ‘top ups’ such as UC. Why should the taxpayer have to prop up a business that pays substandard wages?

I hate hearing the bleating on tv when a small business owner complains they can’t afford to pay their staff an enhanced rate. I find myself asking ‘ought you to have your own business dear?’.

These awful people wouldn’t like it if their own families had to manage on what they pay their workers.

Morally reprehensible in my opinion.

Whitewavemark2 Mon 11-Oct-21 13:23:50

Urmstongran

Biden is doing ‘Build Back Better’ too in the USA. Who was first?

Many societies are unequal. It must feel hard to belong to a group who feel unheard and under represented. I dare say any improvements will be welcomed by those communities. If they feel their lives have been enhanced they will vote accordingly at the next GE. If not, ditto but in the other direction I suppose.

😄 the difference between Biden and Johnson is that Biden means what he says. Johnson just likes the soundbite, and has made no effort towards it whatsoever, whereas Biden has just got through a bill for trillions of dollars to do just what he said.

MaizieD Mon 11-Oct-21 14:43:56

Biden has just got through a bill for trillions of dollars to do just what he said.

Biden seems to understand that putting money into the economy has good economic returns. The problem with the UK's promised levelling up money is that it won't have much effect if it is cancelled out by Sunak's planned big cuts in less spectacular public spending and by tax increases for the poorest paid. It'll be like icing a dummy cake. All show and no substance.

But while people go on believing that taxation funds spending and that the covid money has to be 'paid back' to an entirely fictitious and unspecified lender I expect the populace will just grin and bear it...

vegansrock Mon 11-Oct-21 17:04:58

Higher wages = rise in prices = inflation which hits those whose wages haven’t gone up - why doesn’t the government offer higher wages to workers it pays which are in short supply? nurses , teachers , doctors….. Instead it’s cutting UC to the poorest in society - not much sign of levelling up of those people is there?