Finance Minister, Conor Murphy has expressed concern over the Levelling Up Fund.
Responding he said: “The fact that this fund will be controlled from Westminster shows blatant disregard for devolution and is unacceptable.
“If the British Government were serious about ‘Levelling Up’ then they should be providing a Barnett Consequential to enable funding decisions to be taken locally so that they can be more effectively targeted on local needs.”
The Minister continued: “The British Government has already indicated that they intend to take control of the Shared Prosperity Fund which will replace some elements of our EU funding. This continual impingement and interference on devolved arrangement cannot continue. Local Ministers are best placed to make decisions for those they’ve been elected to serve and which reflect the needs of local communities.”