NDM7708 Debate: The UK Levelling Up and Shared Prosperity Funds
NDM7708 Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham)
To propose that the Senedd:
1. Agrees that the UK Government approach to the Levelling Up Fund and broader EU successor funding does not guarantee that Wales will not be a penny worse off and represents a clear assault on Welsh devolution.
2. Agrees that the pilot UK Community Renewal Fund for 2021-22 represents a significant cut in funding for Wales as the Welsh Government would have received at least £375m each year in the form of EU structural funds.
3. Notes that this cut in available funding threatens jobs and services in Wales.
4. Shares the concerns raised by the Welsh Local Government Association regarding the level of available funding and the process for delivery expressed in its evidence to the Welsh Affairs Committee regarding the UK Government’s proposals.
5. Notes the independent UK Industrial Strategy Council’s description of the UK Government’s Levelling Up plans as ‘centrally controlled funding pots thinly spread across a range of initiatives’.
6. Agrees that the UK Government has neither presented nor won a mandate to cut EU successor funds for Wales or unilaterally undermine Welsh devolution.
7. Believes that decisions about Wales should be taken in Wales and that the UK Government must stop using the Internal Market Act to diminish Wales’s say.
Business type: Debate
Reason considered: Government Business;
Status: For consideration
First published: 09/06/2021