ESIF Programme

Strategy
Local Enterprise Partnerships, in a strategic role, were tasked by Government to develop the EU Structural and Investment Funds Strategy (ESIF) 2014-2020 for their local economic area. The indicative allocation to LCR is around £193m, split between ERDF, ESF and Rural Growth.

Within the Liverpool City Region, the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) worked closely with local authorities, the Combined Authority (CA), higher and further education, the private, environmental and voluntary sector as well as with Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to develop and agree the draft ESIF Strategy.

During 2013, the LEP organised 2 large EU stakeholder events, numerous workshops, and established an EU Advisory Group and EU Post 2013 Group, made up of a wide range of local partners, to develop and test ideas for our local ESIF.

Liverpool City Region submitted the final version of our ESIF to Government in February 2016 and this can be viewed here.

The main areas of focus for the ESIF are the 5 Portfolio areas – Blue / Green Economy, Business Economy, Innovation Economy, Inclusive Economy, Place and Connectivity

These map onto the main Priority Axes of the England ERDF and ESF Operational Programmes. These are the overarching documents, guiding delivery of ESIF Programmes. The ESIF Strategy also covers Rural Development, managed by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) – we have developed a short statement to set out our approach here.

Governance – LCR ESIF Committee

The LEP area ESI Funds Sub-Committees are sub-committees of the England Growth Programme Board (GPB), managed by DCLG. They support the GPB’s role in considering overall Operational Programme performance by specifically looking at and advising on the local, on-the-ground implementation of the programme, via project calls and applications.

The Liverpool City Region ESIF Sub-Committee oversees the development and delivery of the EU Programme across our City Region. It is jointly chaired by the CA (Cllr Phil Davies) and the LEP (Asif Hamid). Membership is drawn from partners within the city region and is linked to the CA and LEP governance structures to ensure alignment between ESIF investments, city region strategies, priorities and investments.

LCR ESIF Sub-Committee membership is as follows:

ESIF Committee MemberRepresenting
Phil Davies (Co-Chair)LCR Combined Authority
Asif Hamid (Co-Chair)LCR LEP
David Read (Vice Chair)DCLG
Kath BoullenPrivate Sector
Dave CargillLCR Combined Authority
Nick SmallLCR Combined Authority
VacantVoluntary and Community Sector
VacantSocial Enterprise Sector
Gideon Ben-TovimSustainability/Environment
Robin LeatherbarrowHigher Education
Yana WilliamsFurther Education
David ShawRural
Liam RobinsonTransport
Lynn CollinsTrade Unions
Andrew BuckleyDWP
Karen SpriggsRural Payments Agency

Delivery
All calls for projects are managed on a national basis by Government and are published on the gov.uk website. Calls are open on a Priority Axes (PA) basis rather than the portfolio approach in the ESIF Strategy.

The LEP works with local partners to draft the local development needs section of all calls for projects so that they address the needs of the City Region’s businesses and individuals.

The LCR ESIF Sub-Committee advises DCLG and DWP regarding the local strategic fit of projects, based on the formal assessment and input from relevant specialist LCR Boards (Innovation, Employment & Skills Board, Low Carbon Economy Board and CA Regeneration Directors’ Group). This ensures that approved projects align with LCR priorities and deliver the priorities identified in the ESIF.

Publicity
If you want to know more about the projects funded by EU ESIF funding, you will find a series of case studies for ERDF and ESF projects here. We also plan to hold a dissemination event later this year to publicise the successes of the ESIF investments. Details will be available here

You can read more in our blogs here

EU Funding