To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions his Department has had with local authorities in Northern Ireland on his proposed £4.8 billion levelling up fund.
25 February 2021
HM Treasury is committed to levelling up the UK and is working closely with the Northern Ireland Office to ensure the Levelling Up Fund benefits all parts of the UK, including Northern Ireland. The Levelling Up Fund will allow UKG to invest directly in communities and level up across the UK. The Levelling Up Fund will be open to all local areas across the UK.
UKG will work directly with local areas across the UK to take a holistic approach to their needs. This will extend the benefits of previous England-only local growth programmes, which the devolved administrations have not replicated in SW&NI (such as the Towns Fund), to all parts of the UK.