ESF Update from the Managing Authority

February 20, 2019 12:10 pm

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2019 promises to be another busy year for all involved in managing and delivering the England European Social Fund programme. Whilst some projects will be in their latter stages, others will be just starting or mid-way through the delivery of their local activities. All will be focusing on changing the lives of individuals and the communities they live in for the better.

We start the new year with the good news from DWP that following a significant collaborative effort by all parties, the ESF Certifying Authority has claimed the amount of funding needed to meet the ESF spend target for 2018 (sometimes referred to as “N+3”). They thank every ESF grant recipient and partner who has contributed towards this achievement by submitting claims/supporting evidence and responding promptly to requests for clarification in recent months. As a result, the target was exceeded, a considerable number of claims were cleared and there has been no loss of funds to the programme.

DWP have resumed a business as usual operation: actively working with local partners on local priorities and the progression and publishing of call templates; and looking more closely at plans to commit ESF funds in 2019 and beyond.

Achieving the N+3 target provides confidence for the on-going delivery of the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI). Last year, in an Action Note issued on 31 May, in which DWP stated that YEI can continue to be spent beyond 2018 and up to the end of 2023 providing the Programme meets its N+3 targets from 2018 onwards. They are currently writing to YEI Grant Recipients confirming the 2019 position for their projects.