Charlie Mullins on the Stronger Towns Fund announced by Theresa May’s government and what it actually means... or doesn’t!
• Government launches the Stronger Towns Fund, a £1.6bn government fund to boost less well-off towns in England (mostly pro-Brexit Northern England) after Brexit, split into £1bn to be used with a needs-based formula and £600m communities can bid for.
• “For too long in our country prosperity has been unfairly spread,” Theresa May said. “Our economy has worked well for some places but we want it to work for all communities. Communities across the country voted for Brexit as an expression of their desire to see change - that must be a change for the better, with more opportunity and greater control. These towns have a glorious heritage, huge potential and, with the right help, a bright future ahead of them.”
They were promised a Brexit dividend of £350 million a week that would go to the NHS, when in reality Brexit is costing the UK £500 million a week, and has been for more than a year.
But never fear, Theresa May and her bunch of merry idiots are here to help. Yes, there’s going to be £1.6 billion for poor towns to help insulate them from... errrrrhh, well, what some might call ‘adverse economic circumstances’. I think we’re all on the same page about what we’re actually talking about!
Anyway, in keeping with pretty much everything else that involves Theresa May and Brexit the £1.6 billion isn’t quite what it seems, since it’s to be doled out (and I used the verb advisedly) over six years. So, not actually £1.6 billion, but £266 million per year, to be spread across huge swathes of the country.
That’s less than one week worth of the Brexit £350 million NHS lie.
Might I suggest that those who continue to explain their continued support of Brexit as being a protest against being forgotten by Westminster, London, Brussels, or whoever, and look at who has genuinely hoodwinked them time and again.🔷
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(This piece was originally published on the Pimlico Plumbers blog. | The author writes in a personal capacity.)