The West of England is set to lose £25M in current EU funds according to new research undertaken by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
Bath MP, Ben Howlett, campaigned tirelessly through to the EU Referendum in June this year for the country to remain within the EU.
Ben was fully aware of the amount of EU funding that came into the region, and now following the exit vote, is working behind the scenes to ensure that the West of England does not lose this vital revenue stream.
Ben is working with the LEP to ensure that the Adult Education Budget (AEB) is retained to ensure there is not a reduction in funding reaching Bath.
The AEB’s primary purpose is “to engage adults and provide them with skills and learning needed for work, an apprenticeship or further learning”.
Ben is also working with Bath and North East Somerset Council to ensure they are fighting to receive Government funding to replace EU funds as the process of exiting the EU begins.
Ben said: “It is important that the West of England continues to receive the same funding post-Brexit as we did pre.
“I will continue to fight for this at Westminster as Brexit clearly does mean Brexit, but it is important that the funds which we previously sent to Brussels are appropriately redirected to the regions as we start the exit process.”