The Tory UK Government’s decision to exclude Caerphilly County Borough from its region aid scheme meant to replace EU funds amounts to a “betrayal”, according to Delyth Jewell MS.
The Tories have published a list of 100 priority areas where they will spend funds from the Community Renewal Fund, yet Caerphilly county isn’t on it, despite the fact that it contains some of the poorest communities in the whole of the UK.
When the UK was an EU member, Caerphilly was included in the West Wales and Valleys region, which received billions of European funding.
Responding to the news that Caerphilly faces being deprived of funding, Plaid Cymru’s Delyth Jewell MS, who is the party’s candidate for Caerphilly for the 2021 Senedd election, said:
“It beggars belief that the Tory UK Government has decided to exclude Caerphilly County from its scheme meant to replace EU funding, even though the borough contains some of the poorest communities in the whole of the UK. This is a disgraceful betrayal of Caerphilly and proof that the Tories have no interest in supporting local residents.
“They broke their promise that Wales would not be a penny worse of as a result of Brexit, and they’re now targeting the replacement funding at rich Tory areas such as the Chancellor’s own constituency, rather than supporting communities such as Caerphilly that are crying out for investment.
“It’s now abundantly clear that the Tories are reverting to type and are wielding the axe on Welsh communities, just as they did in the 80s, whilst also doing everything they can to attack devolution and disempower the people of Wales.
“Labour have been ineffective in standing up to the Tories – Wales would be in a much stronger position with a Plaid Cymru Welsh Government, totally committed to ending Tory rule over Wales for good and targeting invesment at areas that need it most.”
List of UK Government’s 100 priority areas for the Community Renewal Fund, which does not contain Caerphilly but does contain affluent Richmondshire. which is in the Chancellor’s constituency: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/966987/List_of_Places__A-Z_.pdf
According to the 2019 Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation, two Caerphilly County wards were among the 10 most deprived in Wales (St James 3 and Twyn Carno 1): https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/politics/welsh-index-multiple-deprivation-poverty-17323462