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Here are the reasons Theresa May’s ‘Stronger Towns Fund’ is a big ‘Brexit bribe’ boob

Yes, it’s time for the ‘liar liar’ image again: Theresa May is being economical with the truth regarding her ‘Stronger Towns Fund’ – again – it seems.


What do you think will happen to anything created via Theresa May’s ‘Stronger Towns Fund’?

Mrs May has announced that she is giving £1.6 billion to deprived towns whose electorate voted for Brexit – apparently independently of whether their predominantly-Labour MPs support her Brexit deal, in a bid to avoid criticisms that it is a bribe.

Big deal.

It isn’t as much as the EU funding that these areas are going to lose; it doesn’t cover the amount that the Tories have cut from local budgets; and it is to be spread over a six-year period, meaning the amount likely to be spent per area is a pittance.

It isn’t even as if ordinary local – poor – people will have a say in what happens with what cash does become available to them.

The money will be allocated according to the wishes of Local Enterprise Partnerships – committees composed of local councillors and business representatives.

And what will happen to whatever results from this funding?

People have been suggesting capital projects such as new sports centres could result.

I don’t know if that’s true, but I know what has happened to sports centres here in Mid Wales after the Tories took over in Westminster and cut funding to local authorities:

They’ve been sold off into private hands.

So I tend towards the belief that Mrs May is leading us all down the garden path.

It seems this is just another way of handing huge profit-making cash cows over to rich private businesspeople at the expense of the poor.


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