Published: 11th Mar 2019

More than 60 Labour council leaders have written to the prime minister, slamming the £1.6bn post-Brexit Stronger Town Fund as a ‘drop in the ocean’. In the letter, the council leaders claim the Tories have failed to ‘address the needs of the towns, cities, and regions we represent’ and criticised the amount of money on offer, following last week’s controversial announcement. ‘It quickly emerged that the headline announcement of £1.6bn was in fact spread over six years, equivalent to just £260m a year,’ the letter states. ‘Compared to the cuts that your government has inflicted on local councils across the country, this new funding announcement is a drop in the ocean – and it is no surprise that the announcement has been greeted with derision.’ The Stronger Towns Fund was launched last week and according to ministers, it will help ‘create new jobs, help train local people and boost economic … (To read the full article, subscribe below)