March 27, 2023

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Government questioned over ‘Levelling Up’ funding

The DLUHC Committee is examining a sequence of policy regions as element of their function into levelling-up.

The committee intends to do some in depth perform on the cash accessible for levelling-up and, in preparing for this, the letter consists of questions close to the allocation of these means and the intention, sizing and target of the numerous various resources offered.

Betts said: “Levelling-up is a very important section of the government’s agenda but the intricate array of grants and funding pots allocated by the DLUHC and other governing administration departments tends to make it tricky, if not impossible, to assess what exactly is going on to make improvements to communities up and down the nation.

“As a committee, we want to monitor the development of the government’s levelling-up plan and the funding readily available and how it is allocated. We will hold proof periods on this in the autumn, but to assist our perform we are requesting additional information and facts and additional transparency from the government now.”

It comes just after the government dedicated to regenerating town centres and higher streets beneath the Levelling Up and Regeneration Monthly bill, which was declared as anticipated for the duration of the Queen’s speech on 10 May.

A department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities spokesman claimed in reaction to the letter: “The procedure for distributing Levelling Up funding has been revealed on the net for everybody to see – we will shortly established out a plan for simplifying the way resources are delivered, enabling communities to invest in the priorities that make any difference to them.

“Our Levelling Up and Regeneration Invoice will enshrine our 12 levelling pp missions into regulation (a monthly bill which seeks to adjust the way powers can be devolved to neighborhood authorities and introduces reforms to the arranging technique in England) and an once-a-year report will be printed to track and watch their development.”