Susan van de Ven

Liberal Democrat County Councillor for Bassingbourn, Melbourn, Meldreth and Whaddon Learn more

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Brexit preparations: supporting adults with learning difficulties

by Susan van de Ven on 13 January, 2019

It turns out that Brexit will have an impact on the County Council’s responsibilities, contrary to assurances from Leader Steve Count when we debated the matter in October.

This question has been raised by Cllr Lorna Dupre:

“At the meeting of the bid panel today considering applications for the council’s Innovate and Cultivate funds, it was noted that several pieces of work, notably supporting adults with learning difficulties into employment, were currently the subject of funding bids to the European Social Fund.

Brexit would mean the loss of the opportunity for the county council to bid into this fund. Existing funded projects would presumably complete their term, but thereafter these funds would dry up, creating problems for the council itself but also for third sector organisations in Cambridgeshire who also currently enjoy the benefit of ESF access.

Could you please advise to what extent your work on Brexit preparations covers this area of risk? Do you yet have any idea how much money is currently attracted into Cambridgeshire, that will be lost when access by the UK to ESF funding will cease? ”

More about the European Social Fund here: http://ec.europa.eu/esf/home.jsp

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