Published: 6th Feb 2019

Concerns over funding arrangements for the Scottish third sector post-Brexit have been raised by Scotland’s Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell, in a letter to the UK Government. EU funding has benefitted Scotland’s third sector significantly over the years but with the UK due to leave the European Union next month, the letter asks the UK Government for assurances that third sector fears over the loss of these funds will be addressed within the scope of the proposed UK Shared Prosperity Fund – the UK Government’s proposed replacement to existing EU funding streams such as the European Social Fund (ESF). The ESF provides £500m a year in dedicated employment and skills support funding for people and communities who are poorly served or neglected by mainstream employment support. A report published last year by the Work and Pensions Committee says that any gap in payment between the existing European Social Fund (ESF) and a … (To read the full article, subscribe below)