European Union funding raised by Sheffield MP

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Controversy over cuts to South Yorkshire’s share of European Union development funding have been raised in Parliament.

Paul Blomfield, Labour MP for Sheffield Central, put David Cameron on the spot during Prime Minister’s Questions.

Mr Blomfield highlighted how Cheshire was receiving 34 per cent more European Union cash per head than South Yorkshire, despite residents of the county earning a fifth more than average.

In South Yorkshire, residents are paid about 84 per cent of the national average.

Mr Blomfield said: “The Government has diverted EU regeneration funds intended for South Yorkshire to benefit wealthier parts of the UK.

“Local business leaders say they have been ignored and the decision will have a hugely negative impact on jobs and growth.”

The Government argues Sheffield will receive an increased sum from the European Union, up from £20 million per year to £23 million – but it will be handed out in a different way compared to now.