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European Social Fund

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 21st October 2019.

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Photo of Margaret Greenwood Margaret Greenwood Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding from the European Social Fund (a) the UK and (b) each region of the UK received in the latest year for which figures are available.

Photo of Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The European Social Fund (ESF) is designed to reduce social disparities across the EU. In 2019, the total allocation for ESF is as follows:

€ (millions)

Scotland

58.7

Wales

140.88

Northern Ireland

29.9

England

466.1

Total

695.58

In a No Deal Brexit, the government has guaranteed ESF funding, enabling existing projects to continue, and new projects to be funded until programme closure. Under the terms of the current Withdrawal Agreement, the UK will continue to take part in the current round of ESF funding until programme closure.

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