Alex responds to news that Billingham misses out on “Levelling Up” funds

Alex said:

“It is deeply disappointing that the Billingham bid for “Levelling Up” money was unsuccessful, yet the bid for the much more affluent area of Yarm and Eaglescliffe  has been awarded funding.  The Tories like to talk a good game on levelling up, but this is yet more proof that it is an empty slogan.

“Billingham is fit to burst with potential, and I’m glad that the Labour-led Stockton Borough Council both recognises this and is supporting the town through a wide-scale regeneration programme, even if the Tory Government doesn’t. I think it’s high time that the Chancellor explains to the people of Billingham why he feels Yarm and Eaglescliffe are more deserving of the Levelling Up cash than their hometown.”