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European Community Social Fund

Volume 975: debated on Tuesday 11 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list all the grants obtained by voluntary organisations in Wales from the social fund since the United Kingdom joined the EEC; and if he will make a statement.

Since the United Kingdom joined the EEC four voluntary organisations in Wales concerned with the training for employment of handicapped young people have received allocations from the social fund. These amounted to £461,671.Applications to the fund by voluntary bodies in respect of eligible schemes are welcomed. However, few voluntary bodies appear to operate schemes which come within the scope of the social fund, since their work is mainly concerned with welfare rather than with training for employment. To be eligible for support from the fund a scheme run by a private body must in most instances also be in receipt of a grant from a public authority.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list all the grants obtained by voluntary organisations in the United Kingdom from the social fund since the United Kingdom joined the EEC.

Since the United Kingdom joined the EEC, 20 voluntary organisations in the United Kingdom have received allocations totalling £3,233,414 from the social fund. This sum includes £1,830,825 allocated to seven organisations for schemes for the training and employment of young people; £1,212,633 to nine organisations concerned with the reintegration of the physically and mentally handicapped into open employment; and £159,582 to three organisations for schemes to assist the integration into working life of migrant workers.