This page gives an overview of LCR LEP, its area and role, and the LEP-level governance arrangements for ESIF.
Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership
Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) were established by the coalition government to provide a business-led model for economic growth. They have been given more powers and responsibilities over the time since then, and these include the ESIF programme. There are 39 LEPs in England and we sit within the Leeds City Region (LCR) LEP area.
The full LCR LEP area covers the following local authority districts:
- Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield (West Yorkshire)
- Craven, Harrogate, Selby, York (North Yorkshire)
- Barnsley (South Yorkshire)
For ESIF purposes, Barnsley is not included in the LCR LEP area at all and sits solely in Sheffield City Region LEP.
The 4 districts in North Yorkshire are classified as overlapping areas as they also fall within York, North Yorkshire and East Riding (YNYER) LEP area and are included in the ESIF programmes for both LEPs. Your Consortium are running the equivalent of Engage with ESIF! for the YNYER area, entitled Building Futures, and we will be working together as far as possible in these areas.
LCR LEP was previously supported by the Regional Policy Team in Leeds City Council, but this role is now undertaken by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA).
In order to satisfy the requirements of the European Commission, a shadow ESIF Local Sub-Committee (LSC) has been established in each LEP area. Although linked to the LEPs, the LSCs are actually sub-committees of the National Growth Board, which is the overall ESIF board for England. The LCR shadow ESIF LSC is chaired by Roger Marsh, Chair of the LEP, thereby ensuring a direct connection with the main LEP Board, and other LEP panels are also represented on the LSC.
The shadow ESIF LSC was established after the ESIF strategy had been agreed, so it did not contribute to developing that; however it now has the role of overseeing the implementation of the Strategy and approving both the draft proposals for calls and the final calls before they are issued. It also has a limited role in approving ESIF funding awards, although it does not have the final decision on these. The final details and extent of its role are still being determined, and it will in any case vary between open calls and the ESF Opt-Ins (see Calls page for more information about different types of calls).
The full membership of the shadow ESIF LSC is drawn from a range of partners and sectors and can be found on the LCR LEP website (see European Structural and Investment Funds - Local Sub Committee box near foot of page). The voluntary and community/third sector is represented by Richard Norton, Supporting Links to Commissioning Manager at Voluntary Action Leeds, who was nominated by the LCR Infrastructure Consortium of the CVSs and equivalents in the LCR ESIF area. Richard can be contacted at email@example.com.
This page updated 15/6/15