Luton MEP Alex Mayer called on the Government to guarantee that they will plug the funding gap for homelessness charities from lost European Union funding post Brexit as she visited a Luton charity.
NOAH which runs a soup kitchen and emergency Winter Shelter currently receives an £71,800 grant from the European Social Fund which also enables them to run training workshops.
Many of the people who come to NOAH would like to earn money and be more financially independent. NOAH’s training workshops improve participants chance of getting a job by improving language skills, explaining what is expected of the employee in a working environment and providing employment mentors.
However Chief Executive Jim O’Connor will express his concern to Ms. Mayer about the future, and the importance of continued funding for Social Enterprise projects, in order to make up the possible shortfall once ESF funding is no longer available.
Research published by the Directory of Social Change (DSC) reveals that UK charities risk losing at least £258.4m in EU funds because of Brexit.
Alex Mayer MEP said: “The Government needs to step in and step up to make sure that Brexit doesn’t leave charities out in the cold. What will replace European Social Funding? When will we get answers to enable charities to plan effectively? We cannot allow the most vulnerable to pay the price of Brexit.”