European Social Fund

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 7th October 2019.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Duchy of Lancaster)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions officials in his Department have had with representatives of the third sector on the development of a replacement programme for European social funding.

Photo of Jake Berry Jake Berry Minister of State (Cabinet Office), Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (jointly with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government)

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund will replace the European Social Fund after we leave the EU, which was committed in the 2017 manifesto.

My Department has held 25 events in all four nations of the Union. We have met over 500 beneficiaries and interested parties, including from the third sector, to discuss their expectations for the new fund.

Their views will inform decisions about its design and priorities, which will be taken at the spending review.

We also be consulting widely in due course.

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