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Finance and Public Administration Committee


Replacing EU Structural Funds in Scotland

Background

The Committee has started to scrutinise what funding will replace EU Structural Funds in Scotland.

When the United Kingdom (UK) was part of the European Union (EU), the UK received funding to reduce economic inequality from EU structural funds (EUSF).

Under the EU’s 2014-2020 budget, Scotland was allocated up to €944 million in structural funding.

During this time, the Scottish Government played a key role in directing where funding in Scotland was spent.  Under EU rules, EU funds needed to be matched by equal money from the Scottish budget.

Replacing EU funds, post-Brexit

After leaving the EU, the UK Government has said it will:

  • at least match these EU funds “through the new UK Shared Prosperity Fund on average reaching around £1.5 billion a year” starting from April 2022;
  • make available across the UK between March 2020 and March 2021, funding of £220 million in a Community Renewal Fund;
  • provide £4 billion for a “levelling up” fund for England with £800 million set aside for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

How is this funding provided?

Money from the Levelling up Fund is now available to bid for across the UK. In Scotland, it is Local Authorities that can bid for and lead on delivery of this fund.

In Scotland, it is also Local Authorities that can bid for funding from the Community Renewal Fund.

These new funds represent a potentially significant amount of money to be spent in Scotland, that is not provided through the usual Scottish Government budget process.

Views from Scottish Local Authorities

The Finance and Public Administration Committee has therefore agreed to start its work by seeking views from Scottish Local Authorities and the Scottish Local Authorities’ Economic Development (SLAED) Group on these funds.


SPICe Summary of Written Submissions

The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) has produced a summary of the written submissions received:

SPICe Summary of Written Submissions

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Oral Evidence

The Committee took evidence on the following dates:

Thursday 18 January 2024

The Committee took evidence from Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and Minister for Intergovernmental Relations, UK Government.

Read the agenda, papers and Official Report (substantially verbatim transcript) for this meeting.

Thursday 24 February 2022

The Committee took evidence from Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and Minister for Intergovernmental Relations, UK Government.

Read the agenda, papers and Official Report (substantially verbatim transcript) for this meeting.

Written Submissions

Written Submissions - November and December 2023

The following responses from local authorities and organisations were received to the Committee's invitation in November and December 2023 to submit views:

Written Submission from Aberdeenshire Council

Written Submission from Angus Council

Written Submission from Argyll and Bute Council

Written Submission from East Ayrshire Council

Written Submission from Perth and Kinross Council

Written Submission from the Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development Group (SLAED)

Written Submission from South Lanarkshire Council


Written Submissions - 2023

The following responses from local authorities and organisations were received to the Committee's invitation in 2023 to submit views:

Written Submission from Clackmannanshire Council

Written Submission from East Ayrshire Council

Written Submission from East Lothian Council

Written Submission from Glasgow City Council

Written Submission from Glasgow City Region

Written Submission from North Lanarkshire Council

Written Submission from Renfrewshire Council

Written Submission from the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) / TSI Scotland Network

Written Submission from the Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development Group (SLAED)

Written Submission from South Ayrshire Council

Written Submission from South Lanarkshire Council

Written Submission from Stirling Council

Written Submission from the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth


Written Submissions - 2022

The following responses from local authorities and organisations were received to the Committee's invitation in 2022 to submit views:

Written Submission from Angus Council

Written Submission from Argyll and Bute Council

Written Submission from Clackmannanshire Council

Written Submission from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Written Submission from COSLA

Written Submission from East Ayrshire Council

Written Submission from East Lothian Council

Written Submission from Falkirk Council

Written Submission from Fife Council

Written Submission from Glasgow City Council

Written Submission from Highland Council

Written Submission from North Lanarkshire Council

Written Submission from Renfrewshire Council

Written Submission from Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development Group (SLAED)

Written Submission from Shetland Islands Council

Written Submission from South Lanarkshire Council

Written Submission from Stirling Council

Written Submission from West Lothian Council

Correspondence


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