Published: 5th Mar 2021

Sheffield city region mayor Dan Jarvis has called on the government to explain how it is going to allocate its new £4.8bn Levelling Up Fund. The first details of the fund were announced as part of the chancellor’s 2021 Budget earlier this week. However, Treasury documents show Rishi Sunak’s Richmond constituency had been identified as ‘category one’ for support from the Levelling Up Fund, with Barnsley and Sheffield placed in ‘category two’. Poorer areas like Halton (Liverpool City Region) and Salford (Greater Manchester) were also placed in the lower priority group for support. Mr Jarvis warned ministers were in danger of ‘a repeat of the Towns Fund fiasco’, which was criticised by the public accounts committee last year for its lack of transparency. ‘It beggars belief that the chancellor’s relatively affluent Richmond constituency is considered to be in greater need of levelling up investment than Barnsley and Sheffield,’ said Mr … (To read the full article, subscribe below)