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Stronger Towns Fund: £1.6bn post-Brexit cash announced

A £1.6bn government fund has been launched to boost less well-off towns in England after Brexit.The pot is split into £1bn, divided in England using a needs-based formula, and £600m communities can bid for.More than half of the money, to be spread over seven years, will go to the north of England and the Midlands.Labour called it a bribe to influence MPs to back the PM's Brexit deal and critics say it does not cover cuts to local authority funding.The Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government said there will be additional announcements "in due course" for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.Council spending cuts, in seven charts 'Worst yet to come' in council cuts Brexit: All you need to know In January, MPs rejec ...