Mark Williams, Member of Parliament for Ceredigion, has asked for assurance over future structural funding for post-industrial areas of Wales as well as a fair funding settlement for Welsh farmers during questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs that took place on Thursday 24th November.
Mark said “There is great concern about the future of funding for some of our most disadvantaged areas in Wales in light of the vote to the leave the European Union.
“One of the important characteristics of European structural funds has been support for post-industrial areas. Here in West Wales we have been huge beneficiaries of structural funds to boost training and businesses and to lose access to these funds could have a seriously negative impact on our communities.
“There is also great uncertainty for farmers in my constituency and throughout Wales about the future settlement for farmers after Brexit. Our farms are at the very heart of many of our rural communities, and it is vital that Ministers recognise the importance of funding post-2020 that both respects devolution and gives us a fair funding settlement for our farmers in Wales.”
“Our communities and farms need certainty, and it is up to the Government to provide that.”