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Following the country's decision to vote to leave the European Union, the Leader of Islington Council, Cllr Richard Watts, has called for the government to confirm that vital EU funding that helps the council support local people into work will be protected, as was promised during the election campaign. 

In response to a letter from Cllr Watts to the Employment Minister, Damian Hinds MP, Mr Hinds fails to confirm that EU funding will continue once the country leaves.

Cllr Richard Watts, Leader of Islington Council, commented on the response from the new Employment Minister, saying, “The response from the new Employment Minister will offer little comfort to local people who are looking for work, as it makes no commitment to continue funding the council’s successful employment schemes once EU funding stops. 

“In the last year we’ve helped more than 1,000 local people find work, half of whom had been out of work for quite a long time. We have been able to do this by using EU funding to support new employment schemes, and it is now clear that the promise from government Ministers who supported leaving the EU to protect funding is completely hollow. 

“Just like with the promise of an extra £350million per week for the NHS, the promise to protect funding hasn’t been backed up. It’s clear that people were misled by the Vote Leave campaign. 

“We will keep pressing the government to make sure Islington gets the best deal, and we will continue our work to help more local people get decent and secure jobs.”

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published this page in News 2016-08-10 11:05:49 +0100

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