2018 Targets: Key Deadlines

May 22, 2018 1:50 pm

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2018 is a milestone year in the delivery of ERDF in England. Together we are focussed on meeting the stretching performance targets MHCLG agreed with the EU at the start of the programme.   Achieving our spend and output targets (N+3 and the Performance Framework) will preserve our full allocations and entitlement to performance-based payments in 2019, maximising the value of available funding.

To do this, we need to stretch our performance levels, investing and claiming at pace through your Managing Authority Growth Delivery Teams. Slippage in delivery and claims that projects are contracted to submit will put at risk funding and growth in your areas. It is therefore vital that we work together to deliver to the highest levels.

In order to conduct the required checks/authorisations at both managing and certifying authority level before submitting payment applications to the European Commission to meet its fixed deadlines – the majority of project claims must be submitted, checked, authorised and finally, paid by early November 18.

We know this will be extremely challenging – and can only be achieved by ERDF grant recipients and local Managing Authority Growth Delivery Teams working closely together to maximise the amount of compliant, eligible ERDF spend defrayed and claimed in line with the Commission’s timetable.

This is wholly dependent on:

•         The submission of complete and accurate claims and supporting evidence;
•         Timely response to requests for evidence to enable desk based checks to be conducted (including spend outputs and procurement);
•         Timely response to any queries/adjustments required;
•         Prompt submission of required procurement evidence.

ERDF claims for quarter end June 2018 will be particularly important to determine progress towards the targets.

Given the tight timescales for the submission of the final 2018 payment application, your contract manager may be in touch with you to discuss the timing of your claims in the important run up to the target deadlines. This may mean looking to speed up claims processes with some applicants as early as August/September 2018 and/or timing additional claims so that we can maximise levels of compliant spend.