European Social Investment Fund

VONNE North East Region Devolution Update February 2017

On 23rd October 2015 George Osborne announced that the North East Combined Authority (NECA) and Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) had agreed devolution deals with government. The deals, hailed as "historic" by the chancellor, gives the combined authorities power over policies such as transport, strategic planning, employment and skills. The agreement means the Tees Valley Combined Authority will receive £15m a year over the next 30 years, with the North East Combined Authority given access to £30m a year over 30 years. The North East and Tees Valley are to each have an elected mayor to preside over regional issues, to be voted for in 2017.

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Sunderland Economic Corridor - Community led local development (CLLD)

Background - Sunderland was successful in its bid for European Funding, through CLLD, to support the preparation of a Local Development Strategy. If approved it will be used to bring in additional funding to target the most disadvantaged parts of the city over the next 5 years.

Focussing on Sunderland’s highest concentrations of deprivation in the East, North, Washington and West areas, the strategy must address ways to fill gaps in local employment and skills provision, stimulate pilot projects and build the capacity of specific client groups, organisations, potential entrepreneurs and local enterprises.

It is essential that relevant stakeholders including local service providers, clients and potential clients are involved in helping to shape the strategy.

Progress update - A cross sector steering group was recently established. Its remit it is to ensure the CLLD Strategy is developed and submitted by 31st August 2016. The group have approved an action plan and time schedule to achieve this and agreed to commission research to provide evidence to underpin the strategy development.

Sunderland City Council, on behalf of the CLLD Steering Group, has appointed ERS Ltd. to undertake the service mapping, audit and gap analysis in relation to Employment and Skills in the area.

Are you interested in being involved?If you are interested in helping to inform the Employment and Skills Research can you please contact Chris Barlow, Associate Director at ERS. Contact details:  or by Telephone on: 0191 3371152.

Alternatively if you require any further information in relation the CLLD please contact either: (Tel. 0191 561 1158); or (Tel. 0191 561 1474)

Read latest CLLD Update -Sunderland Economic Corridor - Community led local development (CLLD) Update for partners: 12th December 2016 Progress Update


European funding Update as at 5th July 2016 - Statement from DCLG on ESIF Funding Programme in light of Brexit referendum
There is no immediate change to much of what we are doing.  For example:

  • We are carrying on with appraising projects, and seeking sub-committee advice
  • There are current live calls, and we will continue to appraise applications when we receive them
  • Existing projects should continue to deliver, we will continue to pay claims
  • Contract monitoring and assurance visits will continue
  • We must continue to be compliant
  • DCLG are continuing to implement the E-CLAIMS IT system and to seek designation as a managing authority

However, we are considering what impact the referendum result has on the level and timing of forward financial commitments and we are pausing on the issue of new funding agreements.  We are, nonetheless, continuing to work on getting these agreements ready for signature.  We know that there is an urgency to some of them and we are resolving the position as soon as we can.
We are also continuing to develop the content of new projects calls for July.  But we are considering the timing of publication of those calls.   
The referendum has prompted a number of other questions about how we implement the ERDF programme going forward.   We are working with colleagues across Government on these.

Further to the Community Led Local Development (CLLD) item on the North VCS Network July meeting please see a copy of the presentation here