Steven Paterson, the Member of Parliament for the Stirling Constituency, has today (8th August) written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer demanding an assurance that the UK Government intends to protect funding levels for Stirling Council following the decision of the UK as a whole (though not Scotland) to withdraw from the European Union.
The intervention follows the response Mr. Paterson received from the Chief Executive of Stirling Council to an enquiry as to the levels of EU funding the local authority currently receives and relies on for vital local projects and services.
Commenting, Steven Paterson said:
“The response I have received from Stirling Council as to the levels of funding they have received and were anticipating in future years shows that EU funding was extremely significant for the Stirling area.
“For example, LEADER funding in the year 2015/16 totalled £582,000, part of the Scotland Rural Development Programme, and further funding through the European Structural Fund for the Stirling Skills and Employability Pipeline and for Tackling Poverty and Exclusion in Stirling programme are anticipated to total £1,129,500 over the next three years.
“There are significant funds, and the UK Government must guarantee that the termination of the UK’s membership of the EU will not mean a loss of these important funds for the Stirling area. I have written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer making the case that the UK Government must guarantee to underwrite these funds in the event that the decision of the UK as a whole – although certainly not Scotland or the Stirling constituency – to withdraw from the EU, is enacted.”