LOSING IT’S WAY: Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham concerned about the North
The Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has warned that the levelling up agenda is "losing its way" and is far from the vision sold by former Chancellor George Osbourne in 2014.
Andy Burnham, speaking during his weekly press conference, said the strategy is also not what Boris Johnson outlined when he made his first speech in Manchester as Prime Minister in 2019.
He added that he has grown "increasingly concerned" since the Budget was announced as he has looked into the detail revealed by the Treasury.
On the levelling up fund and the towns fund, he said the allocations seem to be becoming "increasingly divisive and politicised" and that it should instead be an agenda "that’s fair to everyone, led by needs, not by politics".
Mayor Andy Burnham added that if levelling up is led by politics, "it will lose credibility".
He also echoed comments made earlier in the day by former Siemens chief executive Jürgen Maier who called the Government's decision to axe its industrial strategy a "mistake".
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