Joan McAlpine has said the proposal by Scotland’s Chief Statistician to create a new European statistical region for the South of Scotland is very good news for Dumfries and Galloway and may result in more money coming to the region from the EU.
Ms McAlpine said:
"The change in classification will better reflect the challenges faced by the south including rural poverty. I very much hope this can be a trigger for more European funding AND I know that it is one of the reasons this change is supported by Dumfries and Galloway Chamber of Commerce and by the South of Scotland Alliance. It sounds very dry but it is a potentially important opportunity which I strongly support.
“NUTS in this case isn't nuts at all - it makes perfect sense!"