Published: 11th Nov 2020

A group of MPs has said it is ‘not convinced by the rationales’ for selecting some towns and not others for the government’s £3.6bn Towns Fund. A report published today (11 November) by the public accounts committee said the lack of transparency in selecting the 101 towns is ‘a risk to the civil service’s reputation for integrity and impartiality’. The report adds it is ‘still far from clear’ what impact the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) expects from the Towns Fund, when it expects to see the benefits, and how it will measure success both at the town level and across the entire programme. The committee said it will keep ‘a watching brief’ on the scheme and expects regular updates to hold government to account for how it has used taxpayers’ money in the fund. The government first announced the £3.6bn Towns Fund in July 2019 and in September … (To read the full article, subscribe below)