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LEPs and the European Social Investment Fund

Wed, 26/02/2014

Each LEP has been asked to submit a European Social Investment Fund (ESIF), a strategy outlining how it intends to spend this ESF and ERDF allocation. Draft outlines were submitted in October 2013 with the final submission due at the end of January 2014.

Most of the LEPs in the West Midlands undertook some form of consultation in completing the January submission. RAWM is aware of a number of VCS organisations who have been involved in these consultations and, in some cases, the issues they have faced. Having submitted the final ESIF, LEPs are in the process of negotiating with government departments concerning content, outcomes and delivery. Internally, and, in most cases with Local Authority staff support, LEPs will be developing process to commission or tender the programme and identifying what they will use as match funding.

We have provided links to the LEP ESIFs from each of the 6 West Midlands LEPs that are available on line:

3 LEPs have published the final version from January 2014 - Greater Birmingham & Solihull, Stoke and Staffordshire and The Marches:

Greater Birmingham & Solihull 
Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire 
The Marches 

3 LEPs do not have the final version on line but they do include the draft from October 2013 - Black Country, Worcestershire and Coventry & Warwickshire.

Black Country  
Coventry & Warwickshire 

VCS organisations can play a significant role in the delivery of infrastructure funds, especially, but not exclusively, in the Social Inclusion element.

RAWM will be monitoring ESIF activities though our links with NCVO’s European Funding Network (EFN) and we will provide updates when information and activities become clearer.

In partnership with NCVO and other regional organisations, RAWM is monitoring LEP VCS engagement, so, if you are involved in any consultation or development activity, or have any issues with LEP engagement, or lack of it, please let us know and we can feed that into the discussions and thereby inform the national picture.