The Welsh Liberal Democrat-Green Group on Powys County Council has raised concerns about the loss of funding for rural development through the EU’s LEADER programme after Brexit on 31st January.
Cllr Rosemarie Harris, Leader of Powys County Council, confirmed on Thursday (23rd January 2020) that no arrangements were in place to replace the lost funding from LEADER, a scheme to support rural development and job creation through support for small and innovative micro-businesses and community organisations.
Cllr Jackie Charlton, Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor for Llangattock, said:
“I have been warning about the impact losing the money provided by LEADER would have on our rural economy for a long-time, and find it astounding that the Tory/Independent Council have not put replacement measures in place.
"The Mid Wales Growth Deal is focused on supporting large organisations, companies and major infrastructure projects, but LEADER supported smaller employers - vital job creators in Powys.
“We are just days away from leaving the EU and the Tory/Independent administration is woefully under-prepared for the consequences.”