John Hacking – Network for Europe Outline of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and their role. Update on NW Calls May 2015 Smart Sustainable Inclusive The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), The European Social Fund (ESF) The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) Have been brought together into a single ‘EU Structural Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme’ European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020 Voluntary partnerships between local authorities and businesses formed in 2011 by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to help determine local economic priorities and lead economic growth and job creation within its local area There are 39 LEPs ◦ 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 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) have a rapidly expanding role in driving the local economic growth agenda. LEPs were originally created as private sector-led public : private sector partnerships. As a result previous VCSE engagement with LEPs has been minimal. However, since they assumed responsibility for EU Funds their role has expanded into areas such as: Skills for employment; Social inclusion; Environment and climate change; Social innovation and Youth unemployment. From 2013 their role has included developing investment strategies for European Structural Funds Investment. The majority of the funds in the ESIF Programme will be notionally allocated to LEPs areas for 7 years (mid term review*) LEPs will work with local partners, to set out their the priorities for the EU Growth Programme Funds in their area in an ESIF investment strategy LEPs have produced Local ESIF Investment Strategies which set out local priorities and indicative allocations of funds. Developing strategy, working with wide range of partners Production of ESIF Investment Strategy* Selecting projects (commissioning, bidding and co-financing) Identification of 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) National ESIF Growth Programme Board ◦ development of the ESIF Growth Programme ◦ co-ordination with other programmes ◦ strategic and operational impact and alignment with complementary growth measures Managing authority ◦ Overseeing application process, ensuring eligibility, ◦ Claims and payments ◦ Audit responsibility Local ESIF Committee (each of the 39 LEPs to have one) Local Authority Business partners (including small businesses and social enterprise as appropriate to the LEP area. VCSE Equalities and non-discrimination Environment (with relevant expertise in e.g. sustainable development) Trade Union and employer representation Higher Education Education, skills & employment (eg Local Skills Partnership Board /Colleges) Managing Authorities for each of the ESIF funds and BIS Local The Local ESIF Committee is responsible for : DCLG to act as Secretariat on behalf of both Managing Authorities. The MA (CLG) is the Secretariat for the Local LEP ESIF sub committee, calling the meetings, writing and issuing the papers and writing and circulating its minutes. ESIF Committee not to be shown copies of application forms by MA. Only to see an MA Assessment report. ESIF committee can make verbal comments about strategic fit - not written And CLG to take the written minutes of these comments. There are 2 approaches: First is engagement with LEPs to influence Policy Type of provision Procurement Methods Typically; ◦ National representative bodies NCVO, TSNLA , NIACE etc ◦ Local sector networks and partnerships, Skills Consortia,Learning Partnerships, CVSs, Social Enterprise Partnerships etc Second is as a Provider: • • • • There have been a small number of Open Calls in the NW. None in GM, Cheshire or Lancashire. There are a limited number of consultations out for ESF calls in GM. The Opt-In Calls from DWP and SFA due later this year. The Opt-in Call from the BLF due on June 8th.