Presentation by Sue Baxter, from BIS

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Sue Baxter from the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills gave a presentation on the future of structural funds.

BIS gave a presentation to the NCVO conference on the future of structural funds 2014-2020.

Find out more about NCVO's european policy work: http://europeanfundingnetwork.eu/

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  • Transition Regions: Devon Lincolnshire East Yorkshire & N. Lincolnshire Shropshire & Staffordshire South Yorkshire Merseyside Lancashire Tees Valley & Durham Highlands & Islands Cumbria Northern Ireland
  • Presentation by Sue Baxter, from BIS

    1. 1. EU STRUCTURAL & INVESTMENT FUNDSIN ENGLAND 2014-2020Sue BaxterDepartment of Business, Innovation & SkillsNCVO EUROPEAN FUNDING NETWORK, NCVO29 April 2013
    2. 2. 2GOVERNMENT’S OBJECTIVES FOR DELIVERYNational andlocal prioritiesalignedCommon standardsand transparentaccountabilitiesBETTER FOCUSHIGHER IMPACTINCREASEDGROWTHLocal decisionmaking and driveA single set oftargets andmilestones acrossEnglandEU regulatoryrequirements metand financial riskminimisedLower cost &simplifiedadministrationComplex EU fundspackaged as a coherentand consistentprogrammeVariablegeographies
    3. 3. 3ENGLAND MANAGEMENT ARRANGEMENTS 2014-2020ProjectsCommunity Led LocalDevelopment, including Leaderand FLAGsMaritimeandFisheriesProgramme(EMFF)RuralDevelopmentProgramme(EAFRD)SI Funds GrowthProgramme(ERDF, ESF & EAFRD)
    4. 4. 4SI FUNDS GROWTH PROGRAMME - KEY FEATURES An “EU Growth Programme” to be financed by ERDF and ESF with acontribution from EAFRD. Minimal ‘top slicing’ for nationalprogrammes. LEPs to be the fundamental building blocks receiving a 7 yearnotional allocation subject to periodic performance reviews LEPs to identify their preferred SI Fund Investment Strategy as partof their wider growth strategy, for agreement by the nationalGrowth Programme Board. LEPs will need to engage a broader spectrum of local partners thanmay previously have been the case due to the broad policy span ofthe Growth Programme. VCS an important partner! Any national co-financing initiatives to take account of local needs.
    5. 5. SI FUNDS GROWTH PROGRAMMEKEY FEATURES (continued) LEPs will not take on fund administration or project deliveryaccountabilities. LEPs will maintain strategic oversight. ManagingAuthorities and end beneficiaries will be financially accountable. Local teams (Managing Authorities, BIS Local and Cabinet OfficeLocal Intelligence Team) to support LEPs and perform due diligencefor LEP proposals. Managing Authorities will ‘hide the wiring’ from LEPs and endbeneficiaries as far as possible to reduce administrative burdens. ‘ITIs’ may be an option in a limited number of places - where thisarrangement will deliver better value and higher impact. Community based approaches – CLLD – in urban areas. LEPs mayalso provide additional funding to LEADER initiatives and/or FLAGs. A single “EU Growth Programme Board” will be the jointProgramme Managing Committee for ESF and ERDF.
    6. 6. SI FUND GROWTH PROGRAMME - PRIORITIESThematic ObjectiveMinimum spending levels at national level required by the regulationsLess Developed Transition Regions More DevelopedInnovation At least 50% ERDF mustbe spent on these 4objectives, of which atleast 10% on lowcarbonAt least 60% ERDFmust be spent onthese 4 objectives, ofwhich at least 15% onlow carbonAt least 80% ERDF mustbe spent on these 4objectives, of which atleast 20% on lowcarbonICTSME CompetitivenessLow CarbonClimate ChangeAdaptationEnvironmentalProtectionSustainable TransportEmploymentAt least 60% of ESFallocation perprogramme on up to 4investment prioritieswithin these 4thematic objectives.At least 70 % of ESFallocation perprogramme on up to4 investmentpriorities within these4 thematicobjectives.At least 80 % of ESFallocation perprogramme on up to 4investment prioritieswithin these 4thematic objectives.SkillsSocial Inclusion(at least 20% of valueof ESF)Institutional Capacity
    7. 7. TIMELINES•Single Local Growth•Fundinvestment strategies as part ofSingle Local GrowthFund (Heseltine)EU Structural & InvestmentFundsConfirmation of design &scope of the FundLEPs produce strategiceconomic plansNegotiation with Government ongrowth dealLocal planningand preparationDomestic & EU funding availableAligned delivery of SI Funds and SLGFGuidance & indicative allocationsESF/ERDF to LEPs. EAFRD allocationlater.LEPs produce SI Fundtheir strategic economic plansLEPs agree SI Fund investmentstrategies with GovernmentLocal planning & preparationwith Managing AuthoritiesFunding becomes availableDelivery starts
    8. 8. 8NEXT STEPS LEP preliminary guidance: Published 15thApril. Covers fundingpriorities and engagement with key stakeholders, seeks feedback onfinancial instruments and freedoms & flexibilities and sets timetable 17 May: Special LEP EU funds workshop: BIS, 1 Victoria St, SW1 End May 2013: Initial views from LEPs on their spending priorities, ifpossible to EU.structuralandinvestmentfunds@bis.gsi.gov.uk June Spending Round: Government publishes more detailed LEPguidance in context of future HMG spending priorities & EU changes End September: LEPs submit first cut of the SI Fund Investmentstrategies (including emerging pipeline) to HMG for agreement Sept 2013 - Jan 2014: LEPs / HMG agree LEP SI Fund investmentstrategies, targets and milestones. Managing Authorities draw uptechnical programmes for ERDF & ESF based on LEP preferences. January 2014: LEPs submit final SI Fund investment strategies forformal approval. Government agree the consolidated plans with EC. Spring - summer 2014: Partners start spending
    9. 9. 9IMMEDIATE QUESTIONS How do my organisation’s strategic economic prioritiesmap onto LEP plans to drive the most transformationalinvestments, jobs and growth? What is the socialinclusion dimension? What social innovations? How do these map onto EU funding (thematic) priorities? How do we bring these together? Who else do we need to work with? What other local ‘reach’ is needed : what other partnersshould be involved and how? What capacity building is required? What wider funding needs to be in place?
    10. 10. 9IMMEDIATE QUESTIONS How do my organisation’s strategic economic prioritiesmap onto LEP plans to drive the most transformationalinvestments, jobs and growth? What is the socialinclusion dimension? What social innovations? How do these map onto EU funding (thematic) priorities? How do we bring these together? Who else do we need to work with? What other local ‘reach’ is needed : what other partnersshould be involved and how? What capacity building is required? What wider funding needs to be in place?

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