Rishi Sunak admits taking money away from deprived urban areas and giving it to the well-off

Rishi Sunak: he has admitted that, as Chancellor, he diverted cash away from people who desperately needed it and into affluent areas.

Wow. This is a blunder and a half, isn’t it?

Sunak was saying that a funding formula developed by the Blair/Brown Labour governments had prioritised deprived urban areas over affluent rural conurbations.

His argument was that he had restored the proper balance, giving the rich back the funding they deserved.

But of course this is nonsense. The point of the ‘Levelling-up’ policy on which the Conservatives won the 2019 general election is to redistribute national funds to the places that most deserve them – such as deprived urban areas – rather than leaving them with the well-off.

In fact, that’s the point of any form of taxation.

Now this video has emerged, serious questions are being asked about the suitability of this man to have been involved in any form of government at all, let alone holding the highest office in the land.

Labour has written to Levelling Up Secretary Greg Clark asking him to “urgently investigate” the changes made by Mr Sunak to funding formulas.

And spokespeople for leadership rival Liz Truss have been quick to capitalise on the howler, saying ‘Levelling-up’ is not about laying dividing lines between one area of the country and another.

Sadly, in an election that is to be decided entirely by members of the Conservative Party, a candidate who prioritises the rich is probably extremely attractive.

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2 thoughts on “Rishi Sunak admits taking money away from deprived urban areas and giving it to the well-off

  1. Stu

    Never forget that there were reports of the Tory Party Whips threatening withdrawal of local funding if an MP didn’t vote “the right way” as were reports of Johnson doing the same.

    The reports were dismissed as nonesense, but this confirms not only that it happened but the fact that it had actually become an established underhanded cynical policy.

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