The city of Hull is set to receive just under £5 million to help residents find work and support business growth, writes Tiffany Jones
The £4.8 million scheme was launched at the Guildhall on Monday, by the Community Led Local Development (CLLD) programme. The European Structural and Investment Funds, hopes the £4.8 million will increase to £7.5 million with match-funding, and believes it will benefit most disadvantaged areas of the city.
The four programmes will see the money distributed into grants which will help pay for people to build on their work-related skills, as well as providing help for them finding access to work, supporting local and community businesses and offering support to increase household incomes.
Councillor Martin Mancey, Portfolio Holder for Economic Investment, Regeneration and Planning, said
“CLLD’s approach of local organisations from all sectors working together with local residents to identify and address needs at a very local level will mean that projects funded through CLLD will be designed around what will work for people in the CLLD areas.
“CLLD will help to deliver the City Plan’s focus on promoting inclusive growth, which aims to promote access to good jobs and quality skills and training for everyone. CLLD provides a good opportunity to ensure that support and resources are used in a targeted way that benefits some of the most deprived areas of the city and supports people into and towards work.
“This is an opportunity to go beyond traditional employment and skills support services, to design and deliver innovative and creative projects that will make a lasting difference.”
People on social media have voiced their opinions on the EU funding.
— @??European #FBPE (@MikeABeevers) February 2, 2018
To the good people of Hull: You voted Leave, so you will be refusing this funding from the hated EU, to be sure. In fact, you think the Tory govt will step up to the plate & provide funding instead? Enjoy it, you won https://t.co/yV7rjliqvl
— Alan Firth ?? #FBPE (@alan_firth_) February 1, 2018
A series of community and business engagement events is taking place until Wednesday February 7 to provide details of how organisation can bid for the funding to deliver projects. For booking information, or more details, visit www.hlc-vol.org/clld