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‘Funding allocated to Wales should be spent by government of Wales’: Plaid slams UK Shared Prosperity Fund

13 Apr 2022 3 minute read
Liz Saville Roberts during the Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme debate

Plaid Cymru has slammed the UK Government’s shared Prosperity fund after ministers announced details of the programme which is meant to replace EU support following Brexit

Plaid Cymru’s Liz Saville Roberts MP said the new funding failed to match original EU funding and would leave Wales £1bn worse off and that the Tories had broken their 2019 election promise that the new programme would be “fairer” and “better tailored to Wales’ economy”.

Under the EU aid system, the Welsh government administered the cash in agreement with the European Commission.

Under the new scheme, local authorities will be encouraged to work together on regional committees to decide how the money will be used – with the Welsh Government effectively bypassed on spending decisions.

The Plaid Cymru MP said that funding allocated to Wales should be spent by the government of Wales – not by Westminster and “out-of-touch Tory Ministers”.

Out-of-touch

“Just like decisions about Wales should be made in Wales, funding allocated to Wales should be spent by the government of Wales – not by Westminster and its out-of-touch Tory Minister, Plaid Cymru Westminster Leader Liz Saville Roberts MP said.

“The Tories promised in 2019 to replace EU cash with a programme that was ‘fairer’ and better tailored to Wales’ economy. They have broken that promise.

“Already below what was promised and failing to even match EU funding, this so-called Shared Prosperity Fund will leave Wales and our communities £1bn worse off.

“The Westminster Government has also resisted increasing regional support in line with the unprecedented inflation they are overseeing – which is exacerbating the cost-of-living crisis and squeezing household budgets, as well as those of our local authorities and the Welsh Government.

“And where EU funding to Wales was allocated to communities by our government according to need, this post-EU regional funding regime depends on the ‘input’ of and advocacy by MPs at a time when the Westminster Government is cutting the number of Welsh MPs by a fifth.

“By dividing Wales into 22 separate economic regions, reducing the number of MPs, and cutting corners with funding, Westminster is setting the scheme up to fail.”

Empowering

Unveiling the new fund earlier today, Secretary of State for Levelling Up Rt Hon Michael Gove claimed ”We have taken back control of our money from the EU and we are empowering those who know their communities in Wales best to deliver on their priorities”.

“The UK Shared Prosperity Fund will help to unleash the creativity and talent of communities that have for too long been overlooked and undervalued.

“By allocating more than half a billion pounds for communities up and down Wales, we will help to spread opportunity, increase prosperity and level up every corner of the UK.”


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Quornby
Quornby
5 months ago

Liz is absolutely correct.

CJPh
CJPh
5 months ago
Reply to  Quornby

She’s the perfect example of “don’t like her politics but she cares about Cymru”. More of her ilk, please. Maybe a few liberals and Conservatives to balance the political map?

Rhun ap Iorwerth has the same qualities, Adam shows ever dimming flashes (still a good man, a political animal but seems a tad swayed by trendy Anglo-American culture war hot takes that belie his commitment to the goal of Indy).

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
5 months ago

Any structural funding should be controlled by our Welsh Government. And if it’s deemed that in the future power over its administration would be better served by devolving responsibility to local authorities, again that decision should be made by our Senedd Cymru & Welsh Government not an English Conservative Government in London. I don’t understand why the Tories cannot fathom this simple premise?

Last edited 5 months ago by Y Cymro
Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
5 months ago

The big question here is – why did Cymru need so much funding from the EU in the first place and why does it still need so much? The answer – years of neglect by Westminster. Do you think Westminster will change its ways now? Nope! This underfunding – no where near the EU funding – just shows us all this is the case. The Union has never worked for Cymru. For our children’s sake, let’s just get out.  

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