James Sunderland calls for levelling-up funding for east Berkshire

Noting the fact that Bracknell and Wokingham receive some of the lowest levels of central government funding, James Sunderland calls on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to ensure that east Berkshire is not passed by when it comes to levelling-up funding.

James Sunderland (Bracknell) (Con)

5. What fiscal steps his Department is taking to encourage business investment. (903982)

The Chancellor of the Exchequer (Rishi Sunak)

Last week’s Budget set out an ambitious package to support business, enterprise and innovation: the super-deduction, new relief to incentivise investment, a reduction in business rates and investment in infrastructure, innovation and skills to drive future growth. This was a Budget that backed businesses across the United Kingdom.

James Sunderland 

The Chancellor will know that Bracknell has successfully reinvigorated its town centre and continues to be a great place to do business. Noting that Bracknell and neighbouring Wokingham have one of the lowest centrally funded budgets in the country from central Government, will he please reassure me that east Berkshire will not be passed by when it comes to levelling-up funding?

Rishi Sunak 

I can assure my hon. Friend that, whether through the levelling up fund, the community ownership fund or the community renewal fund, this Government have ambitions to level up across the entire United Kingdom. With regard to the local government funding he asks about, last week’s spending review set out £1.6 billion over the year of additional cash grant, the precise allocation of which will be set out in due course by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities in the local government finance settlement.