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Fair City earmarked for £20 million "town" funding

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The Conservatives have included The Fair City in a list of 30 UK "towns" it has pledged to give £20 million of funding. Perth was granted city status in 2012 but has been added to a Conservative long-term plan to give over 100 UK towns a financial boost.

While Perth and Kinross Council leader Grant Laing questioned why the Conservatives wanted to downgrade Perth, he would welcome the £20 million for Perth which he felt was previously short-changed - in comparison to other cities - in the Levelling Up scheme.Last weekend the Conservatives announced a list of 30 UK towns - which included Alloa, Helensburgh, Bognor Regis, Flint and Enniskillen - it would award £20 million to help regenerate.

Amongst the list of towns was the city of Perth. However it is not the only city on the list. The latest list also included Preston while Derry/Londonderry was included in an earlier tranche.As part of the initiative local people - not Westminster - would decide how the £20 million was invested to transform their town.

New town boards would be established. Community leaders, business people, local government and the local MP would work together to develop and deliver the plan for their town.Rishi Sunak, Prime Minister said: "We the Conservatives have a plan for towns because we know they are the beating heart of our country.

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