The Lagan Valley MLA said, “The UK Government promised full UK replacement funding for ESF. This has not yet happened. They have known for the last 4 years that ESF funding was ending, and they should have fulfilled their promise and delivered. The UK always paid in more to the EU than structured funds or schemes paid back, so there can be no excuse for any shortfall in funding now.
It is appalling that organisations doing such essential work have been left in this position where they do not know what will happen within a few days time. They should not be left in limbo any longer and government must make it an immediate priority to provide the clarity and certainty that is needed.”