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LEPs: Up close and personal


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This presentation was by Rachel Quinn (One East Midlands) and explores 'LEPs:Up close and personal'.

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LEPs: Up close and personal

  1. 1. LEPs: Up close and personal Rachel Quinn, One East Midlands
  2. 2. What we are doing? • Building the capacity and knowledge of funding advisers and VCS organisations to be able to access ERDF funding. • Running events and sessions to increase awareness and inform VCS across East Midlands of EU SIF 2014-20 • Supporting funding advisers and VCS to start to look at the need for economic development in their area and building up knowledge of Economic Outcomes /Measurement • Networking events and opportunities to discuss collaborative projects • Working with LEPs, funders to identify match funding • Developing resources and briefing papers
  3. 3. The 39 LEPs
  4. 4. What have they been doing? • Stimulating Private-Sector led growth • Job creation How? • Growing Places Fund – delivering local infrastructure priorities • Regional Growth Fund – drawing private sector leverage for job creation • Enterprise Zones – growth stimulation via simplified planning and business tax breaks • City Deals – Removing barriers to growth
  5. 5. Lord Heseltine’s Review • ‘No Stone Unturned’ published October 2012 • Government response March 2013 – 81 out of 89 recommendations accepted, 5 rejected, 3 in SR • Increasing Whitehall asks of / offers to LEPs - and increasing focus on their performance • Single Local Growth Fund from 2015 • LEPs to develop multi year strategic plans • Funding to be allocated though Local Growth Deals • LEPs to take greater role in EU funding distribution • Support LEP capacity
  6. 6. European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020 – LEP roles Lead role for LEPs – notional 7 year allocations • Develop strategy, working with wide range of partners • Select projects (commissioning, bidding and co-financing) • Identify match funding • Spend allocation (on time and in line with EU regulations) • Ensure outcomes delivered • Monitor delivery against strategy and programme priorities • Not responsible for administering the funds (remains with Managing Authorities) • THIS IS NOT THE ONLY THING THEY ARE DOING…….!
  7. 7. LEP allocations for ERDF and ESF 2014 to 2020 (Y&H) LEP Allocat ion €m Leeds Cit y Region 391.2 Hum ber 102.4 York and Nort h Yor k shir e 97.5 Shef f ield Cit y Region 203.4 Great er Lincolnshire 133.5
  8. 8. LEP allocations for ERDF and ESF 2014 to 2020 (EM) LEP Allocat ion €m Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire 249.7 Greater Cambridge & Greater Peterborough 75.5 Greater Lincolnshire 133.5 Humber 102.4 Leicester and Leicestershire 126.3 Northamptonshire 55.0 Sheffield City Region 203.4 South East Midlands 88.3
  9. 9. European SIF Funds 2014-2020 –timetable and next steps • EU rules require involvement of wide range of partners to develop and deliver strategies (including civil society) • 2 waves of guidance published, notional allocations confirmed and timescale set • LEPs consulting stakeholders/convening events • Draft strategy by 7th October, Final strategy end of January
  10. 10. What have we got to offer?? Structural: • Employs 2.7% workforce • Spends £1.5bn in Y&H economy • Holds £2.8bn in assets • Access to volunteers • High level and diverse skill base • Geographical reach – for delivery, intelligence and to test effectiveness of interventions • Geographical flexibility - from national to local • Established networks and communication systems Strategic: • Access to match funding – cash, assets, volunteers • Existing Co-financer working relationships (e.g. SFA, NOMS, DWP) • Existing relationships with Managing Authorities • Reach, data and intelligence • Assessment of social inclusion, poverty and disadvantage • Delivering cross-cutting themes: Planning for Equality & Diversity and Sustainable Development outcomes
  11. 11. What else have we got to offer?? • • • • • • • Operational: Delivery specialisms e.g. digital inclusion, skills & employability, micro & social enterprise growth, young people, health & wellbeing and environmental sustainability Focus on disadvantage Rural and urban coverage Scalability Use of and access to social investment products and models Proven technical expertise of: – community led local development, – community grants, – social inclusion • • • • • • • • • Experiential: ESF, ERDF and EAFRD experience (planning, management and delivery) Scrutiny of EU programmes Co-production Complex funding packages Successful anti- poverty and inclusion work Stimulating Community Led Local Development (e.g. LEADER) Experience of the development of new ideas, products and services to meet social need (social innovation) Working in partnerships and consortia
  12. 12. Challenges and Opportunities for Civil Society • • • • • • • • • • Making the case for engagement BLF co-financing offer Social Inclusion Community Led Local Development (CLLD) Equality & Diversity Social Innovation Social Investment / Social Enterprise Community grants ‘Freedoms and Flexibilities’ Match funding (volunteer time??)
  13. 13. Challenges for LIOs • • • • • • • Local leadership and capacity building Consortia building Engaging small groups Intelligence and Data Funding advice Demonstrating Economic Impact Representation and accountability
  14. 14. Quality of the relationship • Governance – Board – Sub groups or advisory groups • Engagement – Involvement in consultation – active input – Sector communication mechanism in place • Strategy – Role of CS clearly identified – Strategy for Social Inclusion – Take up of available ‘social’ options
  15. 15. More Information and resources are on the Reach & Impact web page: or Regional Voices at or at