Thursday, 17 July 2008
North Ayrshire secures £2.5 million
European funding to boost employment
NORTH AYRSHIRE has received a European funding of almost £2.5 million to help people find work.
On a visit to Irvine, the Finance Secretary John Swinney said North Ayrshire’s Community Planning Partnership would use the money to support employment and economic growth projects - including EQUIP, which provides advice and training courses to help clients receiving benefits re-enter the labour market.
[Pictured: Also during his visit to Irvine, a new approach to how national and local government will work together for the benefit of local people was ‘signed off’ by Cabinet Secretary for Finance & Sustainable Growth John Swinney MSP and Leader of North Ayrshire Council, David O’Neill. Called the Single Outcome Agreement, it sets out 34 targets for North Ayrshire to achieve over the next three years.]
Mr Swinney said: “Scotland’s people are key to unlocking our potential and delivering the more successful country we all want to see.
“This Government’s purpose is to focus our resources on creating a more successful country with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish through increasing sustainable economic growth.
“To turn around decades of economic under-performance, we need successful people and successful places.
“This funding will help people in North Ayrshire succeed by gaining the skills they require to find employment and contribute to the wider economy. It will help remove the barriers that stand in their way and enable them to realise their potential in the workforce.”
North Ayrshire Council leader David O’Neill said: “The council’s number one priority is regeneration of the local economy and job creation. This money will help us do that. We have a number of programmes in place, all of them geared to getting people back into work.
“Complementing this, a recent European Social Fund award means we can continue to further develop and support business growth in North Ayrshire.”
North Ayrshire is one of 11 Community Planning Partnership (CPP) areas so far awarded cash from the 2008-13 European Structural Funds programme.
European Structural Funds are a source of European funding which aid economic development in Scotland. Applications are appraised by expert advisory groups, which make recommendations for funding to the Programme Monitoring Committee (PMC), which comprises senior representatives of partners from the Programme area and is chaired by the head of the Government’s European Structural Funds Division. The PMC in turn advise Ministers who are responsible for the allocation and management of Structural Funds in Scotland.
The Community Planning Partnership areas to have received funds from the current programme are Dundee, East Ayrshire, Edinburgh, Fife, Glasgow, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, and South Lanarkshire, West Dunbartonshire and West Lothian.
Community Planning Partnerships bring public agencies together to work with the community to plan and deliver better services to make a real difference to people's lives. They aim to ensure people and communities are genuinely engaged in the decisions made on public services which affect them allied to a commitment from organisations to work together, not apart, in providing better public services.
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