PEMBROKESHIRE County Council is holding a consultation on ideas for how UK Shared Prosperity Fund money could be spent in the county.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is the main source of funding being made available to replace the European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund that are no longer available following the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.

It presents the opportunity to attract funding for businesses and communities, as well as upskilling for local people.

Cllr Paul Miller, Council Deputy Leader said:

“Many organisations and individuals throughout Pembrokeshire benefitted directly and indirectly from EU funding. The Shared Prosperity Fund is the UK Government’s replacement.

“It is important that there is a shared understanding of what local priorities are for Pembrokeshire, so we are able to maximise the potential benefits from this funding.

“We would encourage everyone with an interest to get involved with the consultation.”

To enable communities to get involved a virtual Public Consultation Meeting has been arranged on Friday 17 June 2022: 10.00am – 12.00. Participants that would like to attend can email surveys@pembrokeshire.gov.uk  Timescales for the funding application are short, so responses are required by Monday June 20.

Attendees will have the opportunity to set out their thoughts on the challenges and opportunities that might be addressed under each the three strands of the fund:

Communities and place; Supporting local business and People and skills including Multiply – Adult Numeracy Programme.

Further information on the consultation is available on the Council’s website at https://haveyoursay.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/  https://dweudeichdweud.sir-benfro.gov.uk/

The Council has already identified two projects that it would wish to submit in a report to cabinet on June 13 a transport bid up to £50m  and a bid for south Pembrokeshire up to £20m are itemised.

 

 

 

By Gwynoro Jones

Former MP for Carmarthenshire, Gwynoro Jones joined the team covering politics in Wales. He has a wealth of experience in politics and has been a regular commentator on radio, TV and in newspapers in Wales. Email: gwynorojones@walesnewsonline.com

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