Mining trust funding cut

FORMER mining communities in Midlothian are losing out after a charitable trust’s funding was cut.

Scotland’s former mining communities are faring worse than their counterparts in England and Wales after the Scottish Government cut the Coalfields Regeneration Trust’s (CRT) budget for this year by 67 per cent from £1.57 million to £510,000.

Scotland’s £1 million budget cut came when Scottish Ministers withdrew support for the CRT’s grant-making programme.

Midlothian was the third biggest recipient of funding in the UK from the CRT, receiving nearly £1.3 million in the last 12 years.

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