Levelling Up: London projects receive £150m - lowest spend per head in the country

Barking, Camden, Hackney, Haringey, Lewisham, Sutton and Waltham Forest will receive new funding.

The government has faced criticism for a round of “levelling up” funding, which some say benefits the South East - but London is receiving less per head than any other region.

A total of £15,1266,674 has been announced for projects in the capital, including new cycling infrastructure, improvements to rail services and plans to bring buildings back into public use.

The spending works out as £17 per head in London, compared to £67 per head in Wales.

More than £2bn in funding has been announced across the country.

Prime minister Rishi Sunak said: “Through greater investment in local areas, we can grow the economy, create good jobs and spread opportunity everywhere. That’s why we are backing more than 100 projects with new transformational funding to level up local communities across the United Kingdom. By reaching even more parts of the country than before, we will build a future of optimism and pride in people’s lives and the places they call home.”

Leyton and Colindale

The Greater London Authority has been awarded £43m to make Leyton and Colindale Underground stations step free.

Barking and Dagenham

Barking and Dagenham Council will receive £10m to “deliver 316 new homes, protect 241 jobs and reduce crime through improvements to public spaces”.


The borough will receive £7m towards more cycling and walking infrastructure and for GP services.


A total of £19m will be used in Hackey for renovating public spaces including Town Hall Square, as well as new creative workspace and upgrades to Hackney Central Library.


Haringey has been allotted £20m to help revitalise the Selby Centre in North Tottenham from a 1970s secondary school building to a community hub including new homes and sports facilities, and revamping Bull Lane playing fields.


More than £19m has been awarded to revitalise the Lewisham’s marketplace, create a “flagship culture and business hub”, and create walking and cycling routes.


The number of trains stopping at Belmont will be doubled following a £14m investment. The station is the stop for the Royal Marsden Hospital, a growing centre for cancer care.

Waltham Forest

Funding totalling £17m will be used to “restore and reimagine underused buildings in Walthamstow to offer new cultural and educational opportunities to disadvantaged communities”.