More than 100 projects will benefit from £2bn level-up funding

Rishi Sunak reiterated the Government’s commitment to level up as it has announced £2bn for over 100 projects across the UK.

The Leveling Department has promised that the latest leveling of funding will provide much-needed economic growth and new jobs to communities across the country, as the Prime Minister promised to “build an optimistic future”.

However, the Labor Party accused the Government of presiding “a Hunger Games-style contest in which societies clash”.

Projects earmarked for funding include the North Eden Project in Morecambe, which has received £50m for the renovation project designed to transform the Lancashire town’s waterfront.

£50m has also been allocated to the Cardiff Crossrail scheme, while the department said a new roll-on, roll-off ferry for Fair Isle in Shetlands will cost around £27m.

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Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in front of 10 Downing Street (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

The government said the £2.1bn funding was split between £672m to develop better transport links, £821m to community regeneration and £594m to go towards restoring local heritage sites.

Mr. Sunak said: “By investing more in local areas, we can grow the economy, create good jobs and spread opportunity everywhere.

“This is why we are supporting more than 100 projects with new transformational funding to raise the level of local communities in the UK.

“By reaching more parts of the country than ever before, we will build optimism and a future where people can be proud in their lives and in the places they call home.”

The Prime Minister’s own Richmond constituency in Yorkshire is receiving £19m in funding to renovate its town centre, with money going to Catterick Garrison.

The vision for leveling up was spearheaded by former prime minister Boris Johnson, who pledged to “level up” UK towns and communities.

Other projects to benefit include the planned refurbishment of Gateshead Quays and Sage, which will receive £20m, while £5.1m has been provided to build new women’s changing rooms at 20 rugby clubs in Northern Ireland.

Leveling Secretary Michael Gove said the support will see the Government “firing the starting gun” on a number of projects.

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Michael Gove, Minister for Leveling, Housing and Communities (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

“This new funding will create jobs, boost economic growth and help restore local pride. We are aligning people’s priorities across the UK to ensure you can get where your talents take you, wherever you are.”

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt described it as “a big down payment for local jobs, growth and renewal” and the next round of upgrading funding has also been approved.

The funding announcement comes with the launch of a new interactive map that can be viewed online, which will allow the public to see which projects in their area have received funding.

Shadow leveling secretary Lisa Nandy gave a harsh assessment of the fund, accusing the Government of “extraordinary arrogance”.

“The Leveling Fund is in a state of chaos, beset by delays and allegations of nepotism,” said one of the Labor Party’s leading figures.

“It is extraordinary arrogance to expect us to be grateful for a partial refund of the money they stole from our communities that have destroyed vital local services such as childcare, buses and social care.

“It’s time to end this Hunger Games-style competition where communities face off and Whitehall ministers pick winners and losers.”

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