Prospect: £1.2bn to be lost in quango shutdown
Civil service professionals' union, Prospect, has alleged £1.2bn of European funding will be lost owing to the government’s quango cull and Whitehall claw-backs.
Prospect deputy general secretary, Dai Hudd, dismissed the coalition’s bonfire of the quangos as a ‘smoke and mirrors exercise’ – claming most staff had had to be transferred to other organisations because the work still has to be undertaken.
Branding the abolition of the regional development agencies (RDAs) as ‘the most outrageous example of the Government’s false accounting’, Mr Hudd claimed £1.2bn of funding from the European Regional Development Fund had gone begging in the 2007-13 EU funding round since their demise.
Hudd explained that without match funding, which the RDAs had previously provided, EU payments will not be made. ‘The Treasury claws back two thirds of any EU underspend so the money will now go into the Treasury’s coffers rather than to promote investment and jobs in the English regions,’ said Mr Hudd.
Last month the communities and local government select Committee warned local economic growth risks stalling unless urgent steps are taken to allocate match funds through the Regional Growth Fund.In urging ministers to set aside RGF money for matching funding, the MPs said 'the Government does not seem to appreciate the problems that projects are facing in securing the match funding needed for them to go ahead'.
In response, a spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government said the Government realises the importance of match funding.
‘This is why, in December, Mark Prisk and Baroness Hanham wrote to all the chairs and vice chairs of the Local Management Committees, which oversee ERDF funding locally, to ensure they were aware of the availability of match funds from within government programmes,’ the spokesman said.
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