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Latest news | UK Government’s flagship plan to “level-up” sees Southside fall behind

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UK Government’s flagship plan to “level-up” sees Southside fall behind

New data from Bloomberg News shows Glasgow South falling further behind London and the Southeast of England from when Boris Johnson came to power despite the UK Government’s much talked up levelling up agenda.

Researchers at Bloomberg analysed 12 key socioeconomic metrics across every one of the UK’s 650 parliamentary constituencies to measure whether the gap has changed—one way or another—since 2019.

The results show Glasgow South falling further behind in areas such as salaries, UK Govt spend, universal credit, and wellbeing. The constituency has also experienced the worst baseline change from 2019 when it comes to access to high-speed broadband.

Commenting, Stewart McDonald said:

“In the middle of a cost-of-living crisis we can see the UK Government is far from “levelling up”. This is the price of Westminster and Scotland gets repeatedly subjected to cuts and damaging decisions.

“Given The Prime Minister has previously said that a pound spent in Croydon is of much more value than a pound spent in Strathclyde, how can anyone trust he is taking the levelling up agenda seriously?

“The Scottish Government will continue to do what it can to mitigate and, if the UK Government is not going to ensure their levelling up agenda brings communities in Scotland forward, funding distribution should be fully devolved so that communities can put it where it is most needed.”

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