Copeland’s mayor has hit back at claims made by the leader of Allerdale Council after he accused Sellafield Ltd of favouring Whitehaven. Mike Starkie was “staggered” by Alan Smith’s fierce criticisms of the nuclear plant, after the council leader claimed its socio-economic policy “is giving sweeties” to Whitehaven but “its impact stops at Distington”. In his retort, Mr Starkie said Allerdale receives a “significant and surely welcome” £500,000 in funding. He also hit out at the council over its part in a failed Cumbria devolution deal, which Mr Starkie backed but Allerdale rejected, saying it “stood in the way” of a “more progressive” form of local government. Mr Smith blasted the nuclear company after the publication of its Social Impact Strategy, a 14-page report based on a study by Oxford Economics from June 2017.
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