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MPs to debate ‘raw’ EU deal

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A Parliamentary debate has been called over the Government’s ‘unlawful’ allocation of European funding which dashed South Yorkshire’s hopes of growth.

The outcome of a Judicial Review into the decision to allocate Sheffield City Region a £174 million slice of EU aid over the next seven years - less than half it got last time round - has prompted the issue to be discussed at the House of Commons this month.

Rotherham MP John Healey will call for a fairer settlement after the High Court found in favour of a joint challenge from Sheffield and Liverpool.

The judge also backed the argument that funding fell around £47.5 million short of what the European Commission’s policy intended.

Mr Healey said: “I want to ensure any new decisions stop discrimination against our region, so have requested an urgent meeting to discuss the court’s judgement and put the case for a fair settlement to support jobs and stronger growth in South Yorkshire.”

Richard Wright, chairman of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, said: “We welcome the debate. The big issue is to use EU funding properly to support economic development and the growth plan that the Local Enterprise Partnership is developing is the blueprint for that.”

South Yorkshire’s leaders are also pushing for a showdown with Business Secretary Vince Cable, whose department oversaw the allocation.

The debate is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, February 25.

 

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