Published: 4th Apr 2018

A report published by the work and pensions committee says that any gap in payment between the existing European Social Fund (ESF) and a new fund would be ‘disastrous’ for the UK. The ESF provides £500m a year dedicated employment and skills support funding for people and communities who are poorly served or neglected by mainstream employment support. The committee said the UK has a rare opportunity to ‘create a truly world-leading successor’ to the European Social Fund ‘that is the envy of Europe’, but it must be implemented quickly to minimise negative consequences of a gap in provision for providers, local areas, and individuals. The report criticised the current structure as creating ‘funding siloes’ which ‘prevent providers from delivering the comprehensive programmes that many of those they support really need.’ It said that the successor fund must act as a transition to a system which allows the ‘total needs’ of … (To read the full article, subscribe below)