Before anyone who is upset with the result of the recent EU referendum points out that European Social Fund money has contributed to the recent awarding of £10.6 million grant to the Golden Gates Housing Trust, let me take this opportunity to debunk any so-called EU funding to Cheshire and Warrington.
Over the past decade or so, you will not have failed to see, either here or elsewhere in the North West, big signs urging us to be thankful for ‘EU’ money going towards one project or another. However it has been nothing but a ruse.
In the 2007-2013 period, Cheshire contributed a whopping £535 million into the EU coffers whilst it only received a measly £150 million back in structural and development funding. For every £1 Cheshire received from the EU, the county effectively had already paid in £3.58.
If we had voted to ‘Remain’, Cheshire’s contributions would have gone up and its grants would have fallen as poorer countries join the EU.
Now that the dust has settled on the referendum result, it is high time that we remove the EU flag and banish any notion that the EU has been using anything but our own money to fund local projects.
Paul Nuttall MEP