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EU Funding Benefits - News from the Brexit Cliff Edge - 16th May 2019

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Home Office misses deadline to access EU poverty relief funds

A catalogue of errors by the Home Office has led to a loss of access to £600,000 of EU funds earmarked for the most deprived people in Britain and has put a further £2.9m at risk, it can be revealed. The government had tried to claim the money for Theresa May’s flagship policy of helping the victims of modern slavery, but Sajid Javid’s department missed the deadline to recoup the ringfenced money. Under the watch of the home secretary, who has ambitions to replace May in Downing Street, the UK has been left as the only EU member state to fail to deliver aid to its citizens through the programme, and it is still yet to make an application for the remainder of the £3.5m that was available.
15th May 2019 - The Guardian

EU Funding Benefits - News from the Brexit Cliff Edge - 14th May 2019

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If Labour is so committed on climate, it should recognise how the EU can help

It’s clear that the EU is leading on the design of financial levers to encourage a sustainability transition for the finance sector and thus for all companies. Rather than picking off the London Stock Exchange, Labour needs to embrace our continued membership of the EU. When it comes to tackling serious global issues such as climate change, and transitioning towards a green economy, we will achieve so much more working together cooperatively with our European neighbours.
12th May 2019 - The Guardian

London to have world-first hydrogen-powered doubledecker buses

London will have the world’s first hydrogen-powered doubledecker buses on its streets next year, as the capital steps up attempts to tackle its polluted air. Transport for London (TfL) has ordered 20 of the buses, which cost around £500,000 each and only emit water as exhaust. As well as cutting polluting exhaust emissions, the buses will run on green hydrogen produced via North Kent offshore wind farms, according to TfL. The overall cost for the new fleet, including the refuelling infrastructure, will be £12m, £5m of which will come from European funding. The transport authority expects the running costs to be comparable for a diesel bus.
10th May 2019 - The Guardian

EU Funding Benefits - News from the Brexit Cliff Edge - 17th Apr 2019

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EU law fixes minimum rights for 'gig economy' workers

The European Parliament has approved new EU rules to protect workers in the so-called "gig economy". The law sets minimum rights and demands increased transparency for those in "on-demand" jobs, such as at Uber or Deliveroo. It proposes more predictable hours and compensation for cancelled work, and an end to "abusive practices" around casual contracts. Member states will now have at most three years to enforce the new rules. The European Parliament says the new legislation will apply to "the most vulnerable employees on atypical contracts and in non-standard jobs" - including those on zero-hour contracts. Employees in EU member states already enjoy a wide range of protections to working hours, minimum breaks and holiday entitlement.
16th Apr 2019 - BBC

EU Funding Benefits - News from the Brexit Cliff Edge - 5th Mar 2019

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The millions of EU cash spent in Leeds revealed

The millions of EU grants handed to causes and companies around Leeds have been revealed by new research. Figures show the city has secured at least £263m in European Union grants in recent years, most of which has gone to the city centre area. But the real figure could be much higher as Leeds institutions, such as the universities, have taken part in some £2.2bn of EU funded projects, with the exact amounts dished out directly to the city not always clear. Research by pro-Remain groups, MyEU and Best For Britain, shows the bureaucrats in Brussels gave large chunks of money to Leeds City Council, the Leeds based West Yorkshire Combined Authority, our hospitals, and the city's two major universities.
4th Mar 2019 - Leeds Live

EU Funding Benefits - News from the Brexit Cliff Edge - 22nd Feb 2019

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Life After Brexit: Sustainability And The European Regional Development Fund

Responsible for balanced development across the European Union, the ERDF has funded a large chunk of infrastructure projects and services in remote regions of the UK. The funding was particularly important in West Wales and Cornwall, the two poorest regions in Northern Europe. With Brexit fast approaching, areas relying on the ERDF are growing increasingly worried about the lack of information regarding the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) the government has set up to replace it.
21st Feb 2019 - Forbes

EU Funding Benefits - News from the Brexit Cliff Edge - 21st Feb 2019

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Lancashire could land EU cash weeks before Brexit

Lancashire could receive European Union cash to create a special investment fund less than a month before Brexit. Lancashire County Council cabinet members will be asked whether they want to approve the arrangements for establishing an Urban Development Fund (UDF) on 7th March. The board of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) heard at a recent meeting that the process was “time critical” and had to be completed before the UK is due to leave the EU on 29th March.
20th Feb 2019 - Lancashire Evening Post

EU Funding Benefits - News from the Brexit Cliff Edge - 13th Feb 2019

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Northern Scotland will lose £320 million in EU funding post Brexit

Northern Scotland would have benefited from more than £320 million in European Union funding over the next eight years had the UK not voted Leave, new analysis has revealed. In all, the UK would have been entitled to approximately 13 billion euros in regional development funding for the 2021-2027 period had it remained in the EU, the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) think tank has estimated. A regional breakdown of the figures has revealed that the Highlands and Islands region would have received just over £160 million, while the north-east and east would have benefited from more than £169 million.
12th Feb 2019 - Press and Journal

EU Funding Benefits - News from the Brexit Cliff Edge - 11th Feb 2019

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EU-funded report finds xenophobia is holding migrants back

Xenophobia is keeping foreign-born jobseekers out of the labour market across Europe, research has found. The EU-funded SIRIUS project, which involves researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), looked at conditions in 11 different countries.
5th Apr 2019 - The National


The Government has put out a jaunty video covering the 10 steps (yes, TEN!) businesses will have to follow to import goods from the EU after a no-deal Brexit.
22nd Feb 2019 - @UK_Domain_Names

Pre-Brexit EU funding bid for Cheshire West heritage scheme

Britain might be leaving the European Union next month, but council chiefs are preparing to work with groups on the continent in an innovative project. Cheshire West and Chester Council’s cabinet has unanimously given the go-ahead for the local authority to take part in a €3 million project that will use technology to help people with disabilities or impairments. Cllr Stuart Parker, shadow cabinet member for communities and wellbeing in CWAC’s Conservative group, urged the cabinet to go ahead with the bid.
9th Feb 2019 - Northwich Guardian

Residents react to Hastings EU-funded ‘mini-tram’ scheme

A plan to run a mini-tram along Hastings seafront has received mixed reactions since the news broke this week. At a meeting yesterday (Monday, February 4) Hastings Borough Council said it was looking at running a ‘mini-tram’ from one end of the seafront to the other after winning European project funding. Despite the £159,463 project being funded by the Interreg Europe – a scheme funded by the European Union and European Regional Development Fund – some frustrated readers have asked why the ring-fenced money cannot be used to help improve the town in other ways.
5th Feb 2019 - Hastings Observer