EU funding

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 10th April 2019.

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Photo of Andrew Dismore Andrew Dismore Labour

Are you confident that the Government can make up any shortfall in EU funding in the case of no deal?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The Government has guaranteed that UK contracts relating to current EU funding, such as the 2014-20 European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund programmes managed by City Hall, will continue to be supported in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit. It remains unclear whether such funds might continue to be reclaimed from the EU, or be directly provided by the Government.

However, the Government’s promised consultation on the proposed post-2020 ‘UK Shared Prosperity Fund’ to replace the EU’s vital multi-billion pound programmes for business, employment, skills and regeneration has not appeared; while their recent ‘Stronger Towns’ Fund excluded London entirely.

Other city Mayors and I have therefore just written to the Government to share our concerns. We have called for a multi-year, fully devolved funding programme of at least the quantum of existing structural fund and related domestic programmes.