Our current Co-financing Plan runs up to 31 December 2003.

The funding is managed by GONW and flows from the North West Objective 3 Regional Development Plan (RDP).  The RDP is currently undergoing a mid term evaluation and review, and will eventually be revised to provide a clear steer for the period Jan 2004 to Dec 2006.

We clearly need to start preparations for a new Co-financing Plan to run from Jan 2004 to Dec 2006.  It is therefore our intention to conduct detailed consultation with partners during June 2003.

In outline, the proposed format for the consultation exercise will be to:

  • Inform partners of the LSC's local priorities and targets as demonstrated within the Local Plan;
  • Identify ESF Measures relevant to the partners' sector / client groups;
  •  Match demand within the sector / client groups to:
    • LSC's priorities and targets
    • RDP priorities and targets
  • Identify:
    • The volume of activity required to meet targets locally
    • Issues impacting on local capability to meet demand and requirements for further capacity building
    • Gaps in data / intelligence requiring further research.
  • Agree in outline the level of activity that can reasonably be expected to be achieved year on year, and quantify planning assumptions in terms of increasing capacity over the period of the plan.

It is important to note that we do not intend to base the consultation exercise on cash values, or indications of available funding. We believe that it is important to establish realistic plans for levels of activity for each sector / client group and address funding once the consultation process is complete. In this way we will be able to take an overview of proposed activity and its impact on local priorities and targets across all sectors, and analyse the availability of domestic funding before developing planning assumptions for ESF Co-financing.

Download Co-Financing Plan for 2004/06

Click here to take part in the on-line Consultation Survey on the Draft ESF Co-Financing Plan for 2004-06

Click here for a summary of ESF Measures

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