Green Party Councillor for Bangor West, Barry McKee is calling for the British Government to follow through on their promise to replace the European Social Fund (ESF) to prevent the loss of vital services and jobs in the community, charity & voluntary sectors.  

"In recent days the Tories have claimed they are working on the ESF replacement, that they understand the cliff edge facing the community & voluntary sector and that are working quickly. However, we need expediated funding packages to safeguard the service provision for the people who need it and protect the jobs of the people delivering the services.  

"The end of ESF on the 31st March means thousands of skilled staff will lose their jobs and thousands of people will no longer be supported into employment. Working class communities will suffer the most with young people denied outlets, opportunity and hope. 

"Some supporters of Brexit dismissed the fears for the future of the ESF and gambled on the funding the Tories promised would replacement it. 

"Time is running out for organisations who received European Social Funding. The Government in Westminster needs to act now & to live up to its promise to fully replace EU funding. Workers & Communities need certainty and an end to this crisis."