Clydesdale MSP Aileen Campbell has highlighted the risk to rural funding as evidenced in a report from the non-partisan Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe). The report showed that 28% of the funding dedicated to the Scottish Rural Development Programme comes directly from the European Union. Over the SRDP’s 6 year funding period, between 2014 and 2020, this equates to £364m of funding. This money is used to support the rural economy, agricultural and forestry businesses, and help with targeted action on climate change and rural broadband.
Commenting Aileen Campbell said:
“It is vital that Scotland is not dragged out of the EU against our will and these latest figures highlight this. Over £360m is being invested into our rural communities directly from the EU over the 6 year period of the Scottish Rural Development Programme, targeting some of the key issues affecting our rural communities such as broadband access and the impact of climate change.
“Every region of Scotland voted to remain in the EU. The Tory government should not be jeopardising this funding for rural communities by dragging Scotland out of the EU and the SNP will continue to do what we can to protect our place in it.”