Brexit spells end of Euro fund­ing

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Views -

Ear­lier this year the city coun­cil fa­cil­i­tated the for­ma­tion of a Lo­cal Ac­tion Group to take for­ward an am­bi­tious plan to pro­vide lots of train­ing, fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion, ca­reers ad­vice and job prepa­ra­tion for the peo­ple of the in­ner ur­ban area of Peter­bor­ough.

The neigh­bour­hoods to ben­e­fit are known as the “CAN-do Area”, com­pris­ing Mill­field, the Glad­stone Dis­trict and parts of Park Ward.

The sub­stan­tial cost of the scheme over five years amounted to £3 mil­lion to be met largely by the Euro­pean So­cial Fund (ESF).

The coun­cil was very con­fi­dent that the bid to the ESF would suc­ceed.

The­p­ro­ject was sched­uled to start in 2017 in­volv­ing a num­ber of lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions and ed­u­ca­tional bod­ies. Lo­cal Ac­tion Group mem­bers were look­ing for­ward ea­gerly to the launch. They were soon to be sorely dis­ap­pointed.

Hopes were dashed when the Ac­tion Group learned re­cently that the coun­cil had de­cided not to back the bid.

Ap­par­ently there were fears that, not­with­stand­ing ear­lier as­sur­ances, the ESF

would not ap­prove the bid due to the UK’ s im­mi­nent exit from the EU.

And there was no guar­an­tee that the UK Gov­ern­ment would step for­ward to make up such lost fund­ing.

Dur­ing the Ref­er­en­dum cam­paign The Leave cam­paign­ers failed to tell the pub­lic that leav­ing the Euro­pean Union would re­sult in losses to de­prived com­mu­ni­ties such as Peter­bor­ough’s Can-Do Area. Brexit may mean Brexit. Brexit also means the can­cel­la­tion of much needed pro­vi­sion for low-skilled, low paid peo­ple who des­per­ately need a hand- up. And Peter­bor­ough misses out on a scheme to im­prove skill lev­els that are so much needed to grow our busi­nesses. David Jost T David Jost Nor­folk Street Peter­bor­ough

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