EU Funding and Brexit
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has provided the position statement below on EU structural funds following the referendum. DCLG states:
‘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
- We 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 will colleagues across Government on these.’
The line from Big Lottery Fund in relation to the Building Better Opportunities programme is:
“We will continue to carry out our work across the UK, enabling people to take the lead to improve their communities. Regarding BBO, we are committed to all existing co-funded ESF programmes until delivery is complete.”
One final bit of EU funding news is that NCVO hosted a free webinar called ‘EU referendum: Implications for the sector’ on 7th July.
This free webinar from NCVO looked at the potential political and policy implications of the UK’s vote to leave the EU. You can watch it again here.
We’ll let you know any more news when we get it. If you know of anything we haven’t included, let us know by sending an email to Sheila. Thanks.