Call for Euro cash for South Yorkshire

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POLITICIANS and council officials from across South Yorkshire are making the case for a share of £220 million of European funding to boost growth and jobs.

John Healey, Labour MP for Wentworth and Dearne, is among MPs and officials pressing for the UK to receive ‘Transition Regions’ funding.

A meeting has taken place with business minister Michael Fallon.

In addition, the MPs have written to Jose Manuel Barroso, European Commission president, Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council and Johannes Hahn, commissioner for regional policy.

The letter said: “We represent regions of the UK with a combined population of more than 12 million people and a very substantial potential for growth if given the right support.”

The EU budget for the next seven years is expected to be finalised later this week. This will include a decision on Transition Regions funding.

Eleven UK regions are potential Transition Regions, including South Yorkshire, East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire and Lincolnshire.

These regions are defined as having GDP between 75 and 90 per cent of the EU average.

As well as the funding, Transition Region status would give these areas more flexibility on how the money could be spent, allowing them to respond to local priorities and build infrastructure.

Mr Healey said South Yorkshire could be expected to spend the money on helping people into work, offering more apprenticeships and training, reducing emissions, building flood defences and helping business exports and benefit from technology.