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Tories slammed as Wales misses out on £100 million ‘levelling up’ fund

29 Mar 2022 3 minute read
The House of Lords. Picture by the House of Lords (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

The UK Government has been slammed for failing to allocate any of its new £100 million Innovation Accelerator programme to Wales.

The programme, outlined in the UK Government‘s Levelling Up’ White Paper is designed to develop innovation clusters, creating new jobs and industries outside the South East of England.

Westminster ministers have revealed the pilot of the £100 million investment from private-public-academic partnerships, which they claim will kick start a “fourth industrial revolution”, has been allocated to Greater Manchester, the West Midlands and Glasgow City-Regions, prompting the Welsh Liberal Democrats to claim the government’s promises of levelling up are “nothing more than empty words”.

Disgrace

“We have yet another piece of evidence that Wales is at the absolute bottom of the Conservative’s priority list when it comes to levelling up for our economy,” Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds said:

“Wales has historically been at the centre of UK industry, and for it not to be included in this effort to kick start a new industrial revolution is a disgrace.

“Various parts of Wales have the skills, educational facilities and R&D institutions needed to make a success of these projects should they be given the chance.

“While part of the EU, Wales was given a much better deal in both the amount of development funding it received and in how we would be able to spend the funds.

“What we have continually seen from the Conservatives over the last few years is a disregard for Wales, with repeated failures to invest in our economy and infrastructure.

“Welsh Conservative MPs urgently need to attempt to make their voices heard and fight for investment in Wales because as things stand, it appears they are doing a pretty shabby job so far.”

House of Lords

The UK Government confirmed Wales would not be part of the innovation accelerator programme following a question to Lord Callanan by Welsh Liberal Democrat Peer Baroness Jenny Randerson in the House of Lords.

“The Government is committed to increasing research and innovation capacity across the UK,” Lord Callanan said in his response.

“Innovation Accelerators are a new pilot approach to supporting three UK city regions to become major, globally competitive centres for research and innovation. They will be locally-led partnerships involving leaders in local government, business and R&D institutions.

“The three city regions selected for the pilots demonstrate R&D strengths, robust private and public innovation governance, and strong local leadership which makes them strong candidates for testing this new approach.

“If the Innovation Accelerator pilots prove successful, we will consider how the lessons learned can be applied to benefit other places in the UK.”


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Dave
Dave
6 months ago

At the same time the English spend £12,000,000 on a book about Liz 2 filled with imperialist propaganda and try to foister it on to our kids #IndyWales lets be free of this.

Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
6 months ago

Wales getting turned over by a UK govt again – lets face it when has it ever been any different? This about sums up the entire history of Westminster’s attitude to Wales

CJPh
CJPh
6 months ago
Reply to  Leigh Richards

Government money (our money) handed to regions beyond our border – “you’re welcome, this better Manchester and Glasgow stuff will trickle down to you!”

No Government money (OUR MONEY) spent within our border – “pull yourselves up by the bootstraps… No, not with indy! Won’t a shiny new Palace of Westminster do?”

CJPh
CJPh
6 months ago
Reply to  Leigh Richards

Argh, Nation removed our fun little back and forth with trolly trollington. Probably for the best.

Wrexhamian
Wrexhamian
6 months ago
Reply to  CJPh

Dw i’n cytuno’n lawn, CJPH.

Gareth
Gareth
6 months ago

Levelling up is, and always was a slogan, with no intention of doing what it said. By the admission of a northern English Tory mayor, when Andy Burnham’s complaind of lack of funds, these fund were going to Tory marginal and new Tory areas in England, to reward the electorate for voting Tory, and areas of senior Tory MP’s Like Sunak’s Richmond constituency, which is not in the top third of deprived areas needing funds.

hdavies15
hdavies15
6 months ago
Reply to  Gareth

Tories have always been good at using slogans to push a big fib. This is just one in a long line of crap spun out by successive Tories raised in the Oxbridge, P.R, SpAd, B***s**t tradition of deception. Cameron used it, even the gauche May resorted to it with calamitous outcome, and Boris has lived on a diet of deception since getting the P.M job and he had bags of form previously too. So when “levelling up” was launched I just thought here we go again !.

Mr Williams
Mr Williams
6 months ago

Oh I am surprised!

Llinos
Llinos
6 months ago

Tories have screwed Wales over?! No surely this can’t be true. 😮

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
6 months ago

What Wales needs is the likes of Labour & Liberals to stop condoning the benefits of Britain when there are none for Wales. The English Conservative agenda for Wales is to destroy any confidence we have since devolution. And not only do they want the return of English direct rule., but to strip away any dignity we have. See, poverty is power. Keep them poor, their motto. Dependency is our shackles and we Unionist Conservatives hold the key. The Tories want turn back the devolution clock to a time where the Welsh were voiceless and powerless to act against Whitehall.… Read more »

Nobby Tart
Nobby Tart
6 months ago

Over to you, Simon Hart.
You’re usually rather vocal.

Paul Hoskins
Paul Hoskins
6 months ago
Reply to  Nobby Tart

Vocal maybe, but never supportive!

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
6 months ago

The Tories are doing a great job in breaking up the UK. Everything they do is a snub to Cymru.Thank you, you are helping our movement immensely.

Grayham Jones
6 months ago

It’s time for a new wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 A Free Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Leigh richardes
Leigh richardes
6 months ago

Welsh govt paying for eastern airways flights out of Cardiff to angelesy that aren’t happening. No wonder no one is willing to trust them with money!

Gareth
Gareth
6 months ago

What have Eastern airways done not to be trusted with money?

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