Published: 20th Oct 2020

The Scottish Government has called for an urgent meeting with Whitehall counterparts over the eagerly awaited UK Shared Prosperity Fund (SPF). The Scottish investment minister Ivan McKee said a meeting to discuss the fund last month with local government minister Luke Hall in London was cancelled and now he has been told it will not take place until after the UK Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review. The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is due to replace the various streams of EU regeneration cash after Brexit. It was first announced by the Conservatives in their 2017 general election manifesto, but details remain scant about how the fund will work or how much money will be allocated to it. Last week, the Industrial Communities Alliance wrote to the communities secretary, Robert Jenrick to express their concern about lack of progress on fund, Mr McKee has written to Mr Hall, asking that their meeting is reinstated as … (To read the full article, subscribe below)