Published: 10th Apr 2019

Council leaders have called on the government to guarantee the new UK Shared Prosperity Fund will not leave some regions worse off when Britain leaves the EU. A group of local authorities have signed a joint statement, which asks for the fund, which will replace EU regeneration grants after Brexit, to be adequately resourced and appropriately devolved. The signatories include the leaders of councils from Durham, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. ‘It is vital that we ensure areas like ours here in County Durham, get their fair share of future regeneration funding from the government,’ said Durham Council leader, Cllr Simon Henig. ‘It’s unacceptable that areas of the UK are falling behind and inequality in regional economies is widening. By coming together with other regions like ours, we are sending a clear message to government that this needs to be addressed urgently and fairly, to ensure that County Durham … (To read the full article, subscribe below)