Shared prosperity funds to help fight inequality and unlock district’s potential

Senior Bradford councillors will hear more about how at least £7.5m of devolved money will be prioritised to help unlock and develop the potential across the district.

In total, £30m of funding will be allocated to West Yorkshire local authorities, through The UK Shared Prosperity Fund, of which £7.5m will be devolved to the Bradford District.

The funding will be used to support local groups and communities to address poverty and tackle inequalities, invest in the Voluntary, Community, Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sector and build on Bradford’s success in securing the City of Culture 2025 title.

Bradford Council will also work with communities to improve green spaces and areas of cultural importance.

The council’s Executive will hear a report on how the funding program has been developed and outline plans for implementation at its meeting on 4 October.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s executive member for regeneration, planning and transport, said:  “We know how much potential we have in our district and we must ensure this funding gives us the opportunity to help overcome some of the inequalities that have held us back.

“We must celebrate the vibrant cultural offer and creative talents that we have, the many schemes that are growing our economy and build on the infrastructure to support and serve our local communities.

“We are bringing key partners together to make sure we build on our momentum and use this funding as a real opportunity for our district and residents.”

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