Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Communities and Local Government Minister, commenting on the cut in funding of the Coalfield Regeneration Trust, said:
“The Tory-led Government doesn't want to admit that coalfield communities are still recovering from the damage inflicted in the 1980s.
“They don't want to admit that Tory policy devastated these communities by closing collieries with no new jobs or plan for growth. Today's decision to cut Coalfield Regeneration Trust funding by 15% risks a repeat of the same Tory mistakes.
“Labour invested £1.5bn in coalfield regeneration creating employment or training for 150,000 people. In contrast, this Conservative-led Government appears to have no plan for jobs, no plan for growth and no interest in helping people back into training or work.”