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Councils to get a say in EU funding

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Councils will be “closely involved” in deciding how the next round of European Union funding will be spent in the UK, according to the LGA.

The group says it has successfully lobbied Brussels to compel member states to show they have consulted partners, including local authorities, about how the EU’s structural funds should be used.

The funds, which are used to tackle regional disparities in member states, accounted for more than a third of the EU budget for 2007-2013 and included the European Social Fund. Councils will get a say in deciding how the UK’s share of the 2014-20 funding under the scheme is spent.

Businesses and universities will also be involved in deciding how the funds should be spent, according to the LGA, which hails the move as an opportunity to “create jobs, boost local growth and help speed up the economic recovery”.

Cllr David Sparks, Vice-Chairman of the LGA, said: “We are pleased to have secured this victory on behalf of councils and local businesses and it will ensure that together we will have the ability to shape how EU funds are spent across the country.

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