Post-Brexit Funding for Equality and Human Rights

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The Equality and Diversity Form (EDF) has published a report, Shared Prosperity, Shared Rights (pdf), making the case for an effective replacement of EU funding that supports equality and human rights.

The report finds:

  • The EU provided billions of pounds of investment for human rights and equality projects between 2007-2013 and from 2014-20. Programmes in the European Social Fund (ESF) and European Regional Development Fund with a strong focus on equality and human rights are worth over £5.55 billion to the UK
  • There are as yet no plans to replace the separate Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) programme. A third of REC-funded projects directly support people in the UK

The report makes twenty recommendations for post-Brexit funding, including:

  • Provide successor funding, both for the ESF and other funds critical for equality and human rights including REC
  • Build equality drivers into all future funds, including the proposed Shared Prosperity Fund
  • Ensure that equality and human rights remain part of domestic priorities in practice, and that domestic priorities take devolution into account
  • Facilitate networks and transnational working.

Read the report here:



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