MP’s question on Euro funding

MP Gordon Marsden
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A Blackpool MP has pressed the Government on European funding for business.

Blackpool south MP Gordon Marsden – shadow minister for Business, Innovation and Skills – wrote to the secretary of state for Business, Innovation and Skills, regarding the funding.

He asked: “How much of the funding under the European Social Fund programme assigned to his department he expects to allocate in the current funding round.”

Anna Soubry, minister of state for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, told him: “The Skills Funding Agency, one of the partner organisations of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, has secured approximately £725,624,976 including administration costs from the European Social Fund (ESF) on behalf of 38 Local Enterprise Partnership areas.

“The Skills Funding Agency is currently procuring learning and skills activity identified by local areas. “These funds are profiled
to be spent by end March 2018.”