MSP in EU fund warn­ing

Lo­cal im­pact

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

New sta­tis­tics have show­cased how Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang schools and ser­vices have ben­e­fit­ted from EU fund­ing in re­cent years.

Ruther­glen MSP Clare Haughey has claimed the fig­ures are ev­i­dence of how Brexit will harm the lo­cal area.

The num­bers, fea­tured through the web­site, show that the EU has in­vested around £275,000 lo­cally via re­search projects and for language train­ing in schools.

Fund­ing for lo­cal projects in­clude £3,147 to Calder­wood Pri­mary School, £1,687 to St Charles’ Pri­mary School and £1,861 to Trinity High School, all for Language Train­ing projects and £272,720 to the Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice to fund four per cent of their HEIMDALL re­search pro­gramme.

Also ben­e­fit­ting were projects through­out Castlemilk and To­ry­glen.

Ms Haughey said: “EU fund­ing has made a huge con­tri­bu­tion to in­fra­struc­ture, cul­ture, and op­por­tu­ni­ties in Scot­land, and it has helped sev­eral projects lo­cally too.

“Far from de­liv­er­ing ex­tra cash for the NHS, as was in­fa­mously promised by the leave cam­paign bus, Scot­land faces los­ing out on bil­lions of pounds of fund­ing with no clar­ity from the UK government over how this will be re­placed.

“We are be­ing dragged out of the Euro­pean Union against our will, and Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang will be hugely dam­aged be­cause of this. The only solution is to stay in the sin­gle mar­ket and cus­toms union.”

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