Speaking ahead of Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet meeting this week in relation to the UK Government’s Levelling Up fund, Plaid Cymru Gwynedd Leader, Dyfrig Siencyn (pictured) said:
“We are appreciative of the money we have received for the ‘Llewyrch o’r Llechi’ Slate Valleys scheme as part of the UK Government’s Levelling Up fund.
“But, the whole system of allocating money for economic community investments is chaotic, arbitrary, ad-hoc and completely dependent on political whims and civil servants in London.
“There is NO strategy for the way in which the money is invested, and indeed, it goes against the Tories' promise that "not one penny less" will come into Wales after leaving the European Union.
“We are losing £1.1 billion investment in Wales over the next three years and local authority spending per head has fallen by 9.4% in the last ten years. The Tories are bulldozing plans designed by Welsh Government and local government for regional investment within our own communities.
“How long can we sustain being ruled by a Government that is so reckless, clueless and disorganised? Surely Levelling Up funding should be allocated according to relative need and not be distributed to wealthy areas such as the UK Prime Ministers’ Richmond constituency?
“It is time that we stand on our own feet and high time for Welsh Labour to stand up for the people of Wales in the face of the abusive way the Tories in London are dealing with our country. Labour needs to claim its place and demand more devolution for Wales.”