Within the Liverpool City Region, the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) was tasked by Government to develop the ESIF Strategy, working with the Combined Authority, local authorities, higher and further education, the private, environmental and voluntary sector as well as with Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
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. This document has been refreshed and the final version of our ESIF Strategy was submitted to Government in February 2016.
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 which map onto the main Priority Axes of the England ERDF and ESF Operational Programmes. These are the overarching documents, guiding delivery of ESIF Programmes and defining eligible activities.
During 2015, an area based Sustainable Urban Development (SUD) Strategy was agreed from the city region’s ERDF allocation. This Programme targets cycling and walking, as well as new technology and alternative fuels to deliver sustainable transport across the city region.
ERDF – European Regional Development Fund
Liverpool City Region’s ERDF allocation has been awarded in full and delivery partners have until 2023 to manage their projects to completion. For any queries relating to the ERDF Programme, please contact Angela Hanaghan by email on email@example.com.
ESF – European Social Fund
Liverpool City Region’s ESF allocation has been awarded in full and delivery partners have until 2023 to manage their projects to completion. For any queries relating to the ESF Programme, please contact Paul Amann by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
UKSPF – UK Shared Prosperity Fund
The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) is the government’s domestic replacement for the European Structural and Investment Programme (ESIF).
You can find out more about it here.