European Social Fund

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 8th October 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Pinnock Baroness Pinnock Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what decisions they have made regarding the replacement of EU grant schemes under the EU Social Fund if the UK leaves the EU in 2019.

Photo of Lord Duncan of Springbank Lord Duncan of Springbank Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government has guaranteed funding for all Structural Fund projects, including European Social Fund (ESF) projects, that would have been funded by the EU under the 2014-2020 programme period. This means that the Department of Work and Pensions, the devolved administrations and HM Government of Gibraltar will continue to fund existing and new ESF projects after Brexit until programme closure.

The Government recognises the importance of providing areas with certainty over future funding when the current round of Structural Funds comes to an end and has committed to bring forward plans on the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and to consult on the fund.

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