EU funding ‘vital’ projects

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
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European funding of £5 million will play a “hugely important part” in work aimed at tackling poverty, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Cash from the European Social Fund (ESF) together with money from local councils will see almost £13 million spent on projects aimed at eradicating the problem and promoting equal opportunities.

With the vote to leave the European Union putting funding for such work in jeopardy, Ms Sturgeon also stressed the Scottish Government is working hard to “ensure we continue to remain within Europe to enjoy these hugely vital and worthwhile initiatives”.

The First Minister made the comments as she visited a project to help youngsters with autism and learning disabilities find work.