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2014 news archive

All archived news items from 2014

Evaluation of the Programme for Employment and Solidarity (PROGRESS) 2007-2013

The European Commission has published the external ex-post evaluation report of the Programme for Employment and Solidarity (PROGRESS) 2007-2013.

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New DWP Commissioning Strategy

The Department for Work and Pensions has published a new Commissioning Strategy for Welfare to Work Services.

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Adult further education - how to measure outcomes

BIS has launched a consultation on outcome based measures for adult further education.

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NOMS ESF calls for delivery partners to help offenders move towards employment.

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.

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NOMS CFO provision for the ESF 2014-2020 Operational Programme: Round 3

NOMS CFO provision for the ESF 2014-2020 Operational Programme: Round 3

An update on the National Offender Management Service Co-Financing Organisation (NOMS CFO) provision for the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020 Operational Programme.

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TAEN Special publication: ESF Projects Successfully Engaging with the Over-50s

TAEN Special publication: ESF Projects Successfully Engaging with the Over-50s

TAEN, The Age and Employment network has compiled a good practice guide for providers who offer services for 50+ years old workers.

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Justice Involving Volunteers in Europe – latest news

Justice Involving Volunteers in Europe – latest news

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.

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European Regional Development Fund Operational Programme 2014-2020 Consultation Outcome

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.

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Skills Funding Agency: Register of Training Organisations Now Open

Skills Funding Agency: Register of Training Organisations Now Open

The Register of Training Organisations of the Skills Funding Agency is now open for applications until Friday 26 September 2014 at 5pm.

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Update on the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme for England 2014-2020

Update on the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme for England 2014-2020

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

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European Social Fund Mainstreaming Leader Awards 2014

Information about the European Social Fund (ESF) Equal Opportunities and Mainstreaming Leader Awards 2014.

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Investing in people: EU funding for employment and social inclusion Social Europe guide

The European Commission has published its latest bi-annual publication (volume 7) on EU funding instruments dedicated to tackle social exclusion in the EU.

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Compact Awards 2014 - nominations now open

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.

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6th 'Cohesion report' confirms more investment in social inclusion in 2014-2020 programme

The Commission has published its sixth Cohesion report on ‘Investment for jobs and growth. Promoting development and good governance in EU regions and cities’.

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New EU Cohesion Policy open data platform launched

A new platform of information on EU cohesion policy is now available on the European Commission website.

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Cohesion policy: UK review of the balance of competences

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.

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Smart Specialisation in England – new strategy

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has published its draft submission to the European Commission on Smart Specialisation in England.

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EU Funding for environment, climate change and low carbon growth projects – presentations

EU Funding for environment, climate change and low carbon growth projects – presentations

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.

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South East LEP is calling for Voluntary sector views on EU funding 2014-2020

South East LEP is calling for Voluntary sector views on EU funding 2014-2020

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.

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Big Lottery Fund announces EU development funding for the voluntary sector

Big Lottery Fund announces EU development funding for the voluntary sector

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.

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Big Lottery EU match – Building Better Opportunities

Big Lottery EU match – Building Better Opportunities

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.

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European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020 roundtable including presentations

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.

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New State Aid Guidance on the General Block Exemption Regulation

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has published new guidance following recent state aid modernisation.

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Rural Development Programme for England: outline of new programme

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.

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European Regional Development Fund - Strategic Environmental Assessment Consultation

The government is holding a consultation on the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the 2014 - 2020 England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Operational Programme.

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Skills Show seeking European Social Fund exhibitors

Skills Show seeking European Social Fund exhibitors

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.

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ESF projects awarded at Adults Learners’ Week National Awards 2014.

ESF projects awarded at Adults Learners’ Week National Awards 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.

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Lottery match set to open up major European funding opportunities for voluntary sector

Lottery match set to open up major European funding opportunities for voluntary sector

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.

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One East Midlands consultation on social inclusion for D2N2 LEP.

One East Midlands consultation on social inclusion for D2N2 LEP.

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.

One East Midlands consultation on social inclusion for D2N2 LEP. - Read More…

European Social Fund information is moving

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?

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New Community-led Local Development Guidance

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).

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European Social Fund and Social Innovation

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.

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Consultation on Europe 2020 Strategy

Public consultation on the Europe 2020 strategy: towards a post-crisis growth strategy for Europe

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Consultation on the European Regional Development Fund Operational Programme 2014-2020

The government has today published a consultation on the English Operational Programme of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) from 2014-2020.

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UK Partnership Agreement on the European Structural and Investment Funds

The UK government has published the Partnership Agreement on the European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020.

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£490 million to help young people find jobs

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.

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EU Structural funds LEP allocations

The government has reannounced the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) allocations to the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).

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Consultation on the European Social Fund Operational Programme 2014-2020

The government has launched a public consultation on the European Social Fund (ESF) Operational Programme for England 2014-2020.

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NOMS seeks expressions of interest for ESF contracts

NOMS seeks expressions of interest for ESF contracts

The NOMS Co-Financing Organisation (CFO) is seeking prime providers for the European Social Fund 2014-2020 Operational Programme.

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Government audit of the EU - calls for evidence

The final semester of the UK government’s review into the balance of competences between the UK and the UK has been launched.

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Assessment of progress towards the Europe 2020 social inclusion objectives

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.

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National Consortium of Social Enterprises – Sign up

National Consortium of Social Enterprises – Sign up

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).

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New EU rules on Public Procurement

New EU rules on public procurement will come into force on 17 April 2014.

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The Work Programme: how is it performing?

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.

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Skills Funding Agency - how it works with the European Social Fund

Skills Funding Agency - how it works with the European Social Fund

There is an updated guidance on the government website on how the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) works with the European Social Fund (ESF).

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120 measures to cut red tape on EU funding

The Commission has adopted its Final Simplification Scoreboard: over 120 measures to simplify the EU funding rules.

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Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 update

See below some useful links to find out what’s in store for the Rural Development Programme (RDP) in 2014-2020.

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Taking stock of the EU2020 Strategy

The European Commission has published a Communication showing how the EU and individual Member States are advancing towards the 2020 targets.

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Guidance on European Structural and Investment Funds

The European Commission has published a short reference guide for Managing Authorities on ‘Financial Instruments in ESIF programmes 2014-2020.

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Evaluation of Want to Work

Evaluation of Want to Work

The Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion (CESI) has published a report evaluating the Want to Work programme.

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EU Manifesto, Towards a more open Europe

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.

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What does Europe mean for us? Reform and Renewal

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?”

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Consultation events on the new ESIF Operational Programme

Consultation events on the new ESIF Operational Programme

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.

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Regional GDP per head in the EU

Eurostat (the statistical office of the EU) has published the GDP figures according to regions in 2011.

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EYCA Resolution on the Situation in Ukraine

EYCA Resolution on the Situation in Ukraine

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)

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Social Enterpise: Blended learning, share your thoughts

Social Enterpise: Blended learning, share your thoughts

Social enterprises and the social economy has been identified as an investment priority in the new EU Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020.

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Social Investment Package: one year on

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.

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The new European structural and investment funds in the West of England

The new European structural and investment funds in the West of England

The ‘Fund it! Creative Income Generation’ event for the voluntary sector took place on 13 February in Bristol

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Citizens at the heart of Europe - EYCA event in Brussels

Citizens at the heart of Europe - EYCA event in Brussels

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.

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New EU Procurement rules on the horizon

Read our Public Services Policy Officer's blog post on the new rules that should become law later this year.

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First European Citizens’ Initiative received by the European Commission - Right2Water

The first successful ‘European Citizens’ Initiative’ - a transnational initiative which must reach a million signatures to be heard – has been received by the Commission.

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Skills Funding Agency – Register of Training Organisations

Skills Funding Agency – Register of Training Organisations

The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has published the latest version of the Register of Training Organisations (dated 31 January 2014).

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ESF Cornwall awards

ESF Cornwall awards

The Cornwall Works Wise awards are hosted by ESF Convergence and celebrate achievements in employment and skills activity.

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UK/EU Balance of Competences Review - Voluntary sector response

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has responded to the government's review of the Balance of Competences between the UK and the EU.

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New Skills Funding Agency opportunities

New Skills Funding Agency opportunities

The Skills Funding Agency has launched new European Social Fund specifications.

New Skills Funding Agency opportunities - Read More…

Local Enterprise Partnerships' EU strategies 2014-2020

The 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships in England have now submitted their final EU Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) strategies.

Local Enterprise Partnerships' EU strategies 2014-2020 - Read More…

Launch of the new European Social Fund 2014-2020

Launch of the new European Social Fund 2014-2020

A conference is being held tomorrow, 6 and 7 February 2014, to officially launch the new programming period of the European Social Fund (ESF).

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Local Impact Funds- new social investment opportunities

Local Impact Funds- new social investment opportunities

The Social Investment Business and Social Enterprise North West have launched the UK’s first Local Impact Fund in Liverpool.

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Creative income event for VCS in Bristol

Creative income event for VCS in Bristol

NCVO will be running a workshop at the Fund It! event in Bristol on 13 February 2014.

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EU Budget 2014-2020 in figures

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.

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New EU rules on Public Procurement

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.

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Commission Annual Review of Employment and Social Developments in the EU

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.

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ESF Community Grants 2014-2015

ESF Community Grants 2014-2015

The Skills Funding Agency has selected some of the grant coordinating bodies for the ESF community grants for the period 2014-2015.

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EU focus on social enterprises

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.

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Cornwall LEP is recruiting Voluntary Sector Board member

Cornwall LEP is recruiting Voluntary Sector Board member

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.

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Greece takes over Presidency of the EU

On 01 January 2014, Greek took over the Presidency of the Council of the EU (from Lithuania) until July 2014.

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Work Programme Statistics

The fourth official programme statistics for the Work Programme have been released for the period between June 2011 – September 2013.

Work Programme Statistics - Read More…

A stronger role for partners in planning and spending EU funds

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.

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EU House for Civil Society?

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.

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A national survey on LEPs

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.

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Consultation on Regional Aid for England

There is a second stage consultation to seek views on the draft Assisted Areas Map for 2014-2020.

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EAFRD allocations to Local Enterprise Partnerships

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.

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