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CONCERN OVER YORKSHIRE'S EU FUNDING

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Regional leaders in Yorkshire have claimed that government blundering and bureaucracy could lead to the loss of£30...
Regional leaders in Yorkshire have claimed that government blundering and bureaucracy could lead to the loss of£300m of European Union funding.

The Yorkshire Post (p1) reports that enough central government match-funding has been found to meet EU requirements in three out of five categories - training, community development and agriculture and fisheries.

But problems reamin with business support, where only£20m of the£200m matched funding has been identified, and infrastructure, which remains£100m short of its£200m target.

Rotherham MP Denis MacShane last night said he was confident the extra money would be found, but warned that someone needed to 'knock heads together' in various Whitehall departments.

And Rotherham MBC's chief executive, Chris Mallender, offered cautious optimism. 'We are concerned, yes, but two-thirds of the programme is already covered and we've already set in motion negotiations with government ministries which I believe will sort out the remaining issues.'
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