Caroline Flint says small communities need a say in the £1.6 billion Stronger Towns Fund.
Earlier this week the Government announced new regional funding, including £197 million for Yorkshire and the Humber.
Welcoming the new fund, the Don Valley MP told Secretary of State for Communities, James Brokenshire: “It shouldn’t have taken a referendum and Brexit to hear the focus we are hearing today on towns.”
“I want to be reassured that there is going to be a voice, not just for elected representatives and businesses, but the ordinary, everyday, people who don’t feel the projects at the end of their street are being attended to. Will he confirm that for them match funding will not be required to secure a bid.
“This debate on new funding for Britain’s towns is long overdue. Whether it is investment or new infrastructure, there is a strong feeling that funding is monopolised by a handful of major cities at the expense of our towns".