11/01/2019

Govt Pledges £300m Post-Brexit Peace Fund For NI

Projects to support peace in Northern Ireland are to benefit from a £300m boost from the UK Government in the wake of Brexit, it has emerged.

Secretary of State Karen Bradley unveiled the funding for PEACE plus, which will succeed the scheme that is currently in place, on Thursday 10 January.

She said the money will be paid over seven years and will help in ensuring "that generations to come grow up in a more peaceful and stable society".

The investment follows the EU's proposal of £105m for similar cross border projects.

PEACE plus will run until 2027, replacing the current scheme which has been running since 1995 to help promote economic and social progress in Northern Ireland and the border region of Ireland.
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The scheme will continue, according to the government, "as part of its unwavering commitment to uphold the hard-won peace in Northern Ireland after Brexit.

"This flows from our joint commitment with the EU in the Withdrawal Agreement to maintain funding for vital work on reconciliation and a shared future for Northern Ireland until at least 2027."

One organisation that has already benefited from such funding is Youth Action NI in Belfast, which used money from the PEACE scheme to unite young people from different sides of the community and established the Youth Network for Peace, a regional project involving 10,000 young people in a range of participative social action projects on a cross-community and cross-border basis.



(JG/CM)

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