European Regional Development Fund: Wales

Wales Office written question – answered on 5th November 2018.

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Photo of Jo Stevens Jo Stevens Labour, Cardiff Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what specific and technical guidance has been provided to (a) charities, (b) local authorities and (c) the Welsh Government on how to apply for money under the funding guarantee for ERDF programmes in the event no deal being reached with the EU.

Photo of Alun Cairns Alun Cairns The Secretary of State for Wales

I have regular meetings with Welsh local authority leaders, charities, and Welsh Government ministers where a range of issues are discussed, including the impact of EU exit.

The Government firmly believes it is in the interests of both the EU and the UK to strike a deal. That remains the goal on both sides and we are confident that this will be achieved. But it is the job of a responsible Government to prepare for all scenarios, so we have already carried out very significant ‘no deal’ preparations for the unlikely event that we reach March 2019 without agreeing a deal.

We have already published over 100 technical notices so that businesses and citizens have time to prepare in the event of a 'no deal' scenario. These are available on gov.uk in a centralised location that is easy for people to access and use.

Specifically guidance on European Regional Development Funding in a 'no deal' can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/european-regional-development-funding-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/european-regional-development-funding-if-theres-no-brexit-deal.

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