2014 news archive
EU Youth Guarantee pilot projects underway in the UK.
The European Commission has published the external ex-post evaluation report of the Programme for Employment and Solidarity (PROGRESS) 2007-2013.
Update on the European Social Fund Operational Programme 2014-2020 in England.
The Department for Work and Pensions has published a new Commissioning Strategy for Welfare to Work Services.
BIS has launched a consultation on outcome based measures for adult further education.
Ixion Holdings, and Pact have agreed a partnership to bid for services under NOMS Round 3 provision for the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020 programme.
An update on the National Offender Management Service Co-Financing Organisation (NOMS CFO) provision for the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020 Operational Programme.
TAEN, The Age and Employment network has compiled a good practice guide for providers who offer services for 50+ years old workers.
Information on the programme developments of the ESIF.
The Justice Involving Volunteers in Europe (JIVE) project is a two year European transnational project led by Clinks in the UK, with partners working within the Criminal Justice System from Germany, Portugal, Hungary, Italy, Romania, and the Netherlands.
The government launched a consultation back in May 2014 on the draft operational programme for the European Regional Development Fund for England and has now published its response.
The Register of Training Organisations of the Skills Funding Agency is now open for applications until Friday 26 September 2014 at 5pm.
The government's partner update on the European Structural and Investment Funds aims to keep you up to date with the developments of the new programme 2014-2020
Information about the European Social Fund (ESF) Equal Opportunities and Mainstreaming Leader Awards 2014.
The European Commission has published its latest bi-annual publication (volume 7) on EU funding instruments dedicated to tackle social exclusion in the EU.
The Compact Awards highlight outstanding examples of partnership work between voluntary and community organisations and the statutory sector and recognise achievement as a result of the Compact way of working.
The Commission has published its sixth Cohesion report on ‘Investment for jobs and growth. Promoting development and good governance in EU regions and cities’.
A new platform of information on EU cohesion policy is now available on the European Commission website.
The UK government has published its review of the balance of competences between the UK and the EU in the area of Cohesion policy. It gives an overview of its history, legal foundations and future options for reform.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has published its draft submission to the European Commission on Smart Specialisation in England.
Justice Involving Volunteers in Europe – the role and value of volunteers within organisations working with (ex) offenders and in prisons in Europe
An online survey is being carried out to find out how and why European organisations working with prisoners and (ex) offenders use volunteers in civic engagement and how they can be used more effectively.
The East of England Local Government Association (EELGA) arranged an event on 14 July on EU funding for projects relating to the environment, climate change and low carbon growth.
South East Local Enterprise Partnership is gathering views from the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector to determine how to prioritise the new European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) 2014-2020 programme.
The Big Lottery Fund has announced a new fund to help prepare voluntary organisations across England for the new European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) 2014-2020 programme.
Subject to approval from the European Commission later this year, Big Lottery Fund is in talks to put up £260m of lottery funds against a similar figure from the 2014-2020 European Structural & Investment Fund (ESIF) Growth Programme in order to tackle social exclusion in England.
The European Funding Network (EFN) Advisory group held a roundtable event bringing together key voluntary, community and social enterprise sector representatives with the managing authorities of the new European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) 2014-2020 programme.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has published new guidance following recent state aid modernisation.
An update on the Rural Development Programme for England (RDP) has been posted on the government website. The RDP is worth £3.5bn over seven years from 2014-2020 and funding will start in 2015.
The government is holding a consultation on the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the 2014 - 2020 England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Operational Programme.
Applications are now open for your organisation to apply to be a European Social Fund Skills Exhibitor at the World Skills Show UK from 13-15 November 2014.
The Adults Learners’ Week National Awards 2014, supported by the European Social Fund, took place last week to celebrate the benefits of lifelong learning.
Big Lottery Fund is in advanced talks to match over £260 million of Lottery funding with money from Europe in a move that will open up new funding opportunities for the sector, Big Lottery Fund chief executive, Dawn Austwick, told delegates today at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations’ conference, Evolve.
The government is in carrying out an audit of the balance of competences between the UK and the EU.
One East Midlands has been tasked by Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire (D2N2) Local Enterprise Partnership to develop a Social inclusion and anti-poverty Framework to support potential proposals for the European Structural and Investment Funds and the Big Lottery ‘opt-in’ from 2014-2020.
Did you know that the Department for Work and Pension’s (DWP) information on the European Social Fund (ESF) in England is moving from its current address www.dwp.gov.uk/esf to the www.gov.uk address?
A new report has been published by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation on innovation in service delivery.
In the new European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) programme from 2014-2020, there will be an opportunity to use community-led local development (CLLD).
Voluntary sector organisations often provide solutions to their local communities by innovative means. The EU has been supporting social innovation over the past years through the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Progress programme. However there will be even more scope to use funding in support of social policy innovation in the new European Social Fund (ESF) programme for 2014-2020.
Public consultation on the Europe 2020 strategy: towards a post-crisis growth strategy for Europe
The government has today published a consultation on the English Operational Programme of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) from 2014-2020.
The UK government has published the Partnership Agreement on the European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020.
The European Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) is a fund that aims to help young people aged 15-24 years in regions experiencing youth unemployment rates above 25% to find work.
The government has reannounced the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) allocations to the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).
The government has launched a public consultation on the European Social Fund (ESF) Operational Programme for England 2014-2020.
The NOMS Co-Financing Organisation (CFO) is seeking prime providers for the European Social Fund 2014-2020 Operational Programme.
The final semester of the UK government’s review into the balance of competences between the UK and the UK has been launched.
Europe 2020 is the EU's long-term growth and jobs plan, built on five targets to be met by 2020. One of its targets is to ensure 20 million fewer people are at risk of poverty or social exclusion and its overall objective is for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
A partnership between 3SC, Social Firms UK and Social Enterprise UK, funded by NOMS CFO has set up the National Consortium of Social Enterprises (NCSE).
New EU rules on public procurement will come into force on 17 April 2014.
New statistics have been released by the Department for Work and Pensions on the performance of the Work Programme form June 2011 to the end of December 2013.
There is an updated guidance on the government website on how the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) works with the European Social Fund (ESF).
The Commission has adopted its Final Simplification Scoreboard: over 120 measures to simplify the EU funding rules.
See below some useful links to find out what’s in store for the Rural Development Programme (RDP) in 2014-2020.
The European Commission has published a Communication showing how the EU and individual Member States are advancing towards the 2020 targets.
The European Commission has published a short reference guide for Managing Authorities on ‘Financial Instruments in ESIF programmes 2014-2020.
The Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion (CESI) has published a report evaluating the Want to Work programme.
NCVO has set out its vision for reform and renewal in Europe through its manifesto, Towards a More Open Europe. Elections to the European Parliament will take place on 22 May.
There is a growing debate around the impact of EU decisions and the way that choices are made so NCVO have been asking our members and partners to tell us: “what does the EU mean for you?”
The government is inviting European Funding experts to a joint European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF) Operational Programmes consultation event on Monday 31 March 2014.
Eurostat (the statistical office of the EU) has published the GDP figures according to regions in 2011.
Resolution adopted on 4th March 2014 by the Steering Committee of the European Year of Citizenship Alliance - EYCA (uniting over 60 Civil Society European Networks and 20 National Alliances)
Social enterprises and the social economy has been identified as an investment priority in the new EU Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020.
The European Commission has published a Social Investment Policy roadmap for the 2014 implementation of the Social Investment Package that was adopted one year ago in February 2013.
The ‘Fund it! Creative Income Generation’ event for the voluntary sector took place on 13 February in Bristol
Today the European Year of Citizens Alliance (EYCA) is hosting an event on ‘Regaining the European project together’ for civil society representatives from across the EU to share their visions on Europe.
Read our Public Services Policy Officer's blog post on the new rules that should become law later this year.
The first successful ‘European Citizens’ Initiative’ - a transnational initiative which must reach a million signatures to be heard – has been received by the Commission.
The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has published the latest version of the Register of Training Organisations (dated 31 January 2014).
The Cornwall Works Wise awards are hosted by ESF Convergence and celebrate achievements in employment and skills activity.
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has responded to the government's review of the Balance of Competences between the UK and the EU.
The Skills Funding Agency has launched new European Social Fund specifications.
The 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships in England have now submitted their final EU Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) strategies.
A conference is being held tomorrow, 6 and 7 February 2014, to officially launch the new programming period of the European Social Fund (ESF).
The Social Investment Business and Social Enterprise North West have launched the UK’s first Local Impact Fund in Liverpool.
NCVO will be running a workshop at the Fund It! event in Bristol on 13 February 2014.
The European Commission has published a booklet on the Multiannual Financial Framework for 2014-2020 which gives an overview of the key figures and details on the planned expenditure of the new EU programmes this year.
Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership have announced the winners of their Prize Challenge Competition.
The European Parliament has approved a new set of procurement rules that will aim to ensure quality and best value for money with more emphasis on quality, social aspects and innovation and environmental considerations.
The Commission’s latest review on the Employment and Social Development in Europe shows that there has been a significant increase in poverty among the working age population, notably due to a rise in part-time work.
The Skills Funding Agency has selected some of the grant coordinating bodies for the ESF community grants for the period 2014-2015.
An EU summit ‘ Social Entrepreneurs: Have you Say!’ is being held today and tomorrow to help shape the future of social enterprises and the social economy in Europe.
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP is looking for two individuals holding senior positions in the private or voluntary sectors within the area to join their Board with one possibly taking the role of Chair of the Employment and Skills Board.
On 01 January 2014, Greek took over the Presidency of the Council of the EU (from Lithuania) until July 2014.
The fourth official programme statistics for the Work Programme have been released for the period between June 2011 – September 2013.
The European Code of Conduct on the Partnership Principle - a common set of standards to improve consultation, participation and dialogue with partners during the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects financed by the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) - has been adopted by the European Commission.
The European Commission has commissioned a survey on the establishment of a “European house for Civil Society” – to assess whether there is a need for such a building and how it could complement other initiatives and organisations.
A first national review of all 39 LEPs across England: ‘Local Institutions and Local Economic Growth: The State of the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in England – A National Survey’ - presents analysis of the LEPs' strategies and priorities, organisation and governance, resources, effectiveness and working relations, innovations, lessons learned, capacity building issues, future barriers and challenges.
There is a second stage consultation to seek views on the draft Assisted Areas Map for 2014-2020.
The nominal allocations of funding from the European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) to Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) have been published by the UK Government.