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Northern Ireland

European Structural
Funds 2014
-
2020


Outline Proposals on behalf of
Derry City
Council

and Strabane District

Council


Subject to consultation


28
th

March

2013


DRAFT V
2

2
8
.02.2013

Officer: Richard Osterhus


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Introduction


Derry City Council
and Strabane District Council
seeks to secure the support of DFP,
DETI, DEL and DARD for the
new
Derry City
and Strabane District LGD LGD

to be
designated as an Integrated Territorial Investment (ITI) region
f
or the delivery of
delegated

EU Structural Funds 2014
-
2020 alongside Greater Belfast (COMET) area
as the two main urban areas in the region.

Th
e outline proposals for the Northern Ireland
2014
-
2020 EU Structural Funds

set out
in this document
should be viewed in the context o
f RPA and the 11 Council model
and the new
Council for
Derry

City and
Strabane
District L
ocal
G
overnment District
(LGD)
.

It is
Derry City Council’s

intention to build

on these outline proposals and to work with

Strabane District Council,
the Member State
(DFP), the Managing Authorities (DETI,
DEL, DARD & SEUPB) and the Departments to develop
a

detailed proposal to ensure
that the investment opportunities the 2014
-
2020 EU Structural Funds offer are fully
maximised in the
North West and the region as a whole
.

In respect to any specific activities cited in this document, it should be noted that they
are
presented

as an indication of the types of activity for targeted
local
investment. It
should also be noted the Councils role is very much one of providing str
ong strategic
leadership for collaborative delivery, not as a delivery agent for an integrated
programme in its entirety.



As requested
the proposals

consider the following:



What activities do you think should be delivered through Local Government within
the 2014
-
20 ERDF, ESF, EAFRD & ETC Programmes and why?



What do you consider would be the most efficient and effective management,
delivery and accountability arrangements for Local Government involvement which
ensure VFM is maximised?



How will your propos
al for Local Government involvement contribute to the
Commission's policy priorities as set out in Europe 2020 and comply with the draft
regulations?



How would you propose to ensure consistency in the support available across
Northern Ireland?

Need for targeted local investment

With the youngest population in Northern Ireland our City has a great deal to invest for;
40% of the population are under the age of 25 and over 70% are under the age of 50.

The Oxford Economics context and baseline rep
ort
Derry
~Londonderry


T
oday and
T
omorrow
, (Summer / A
utumn 2010) conducted as part of the Regeneration Planning
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process
,

provides the evidence base and
quantifies the
step
change required in

the city
region
to address the economic and soc
iet
al challenges

we face
to

rebalance the
prevalent
inequalities. The full report is available from the
llex URC Ltd website
.

The economic report for Strabane
A new economy


a

new response?
,

by Oxford
Economics (April 2010)
,

provides the socio economic baseline for the Strabane District
Council area.
The report can be downloaded from
www.strabanedc.com
.

In this context the 2014
-
2020 EU funding period is of great consequence to the
region

as the pressure on the economy and public expenditure continues to impact on social
and economic development and the very serio
us challenges we all face

are
entrenched
:



Derry~Londonderry is ranked the 3rd most deprived LGDs out of 26 LGDs in NI.



11 out of the 30 wards in Derry~Londonderry are within 10% most deprived wards
in NI.



43% of the Derry~Londonderry population live in
the most deprived SOAs in
Northern Ireland.



With o
ver 35% of children living in poverty

the
Derry

City Council LGD has

the
highest

level of child poverty

in Northern Ireland
, with over 60% of children living in
poverty in some wards.




In August
2012 the
Unemployment claimant count in Derry~Londonderry was 3.1%
above the NI rate of 5.6%, this represents 8.7% of the working age population in the
area.



Median gross weekly earnings in Derry City Council area at April 2011 were
£489.90 per week.

This was a med
ian average of £428.40 for men and £550.50 for
women, approximately 1.4% lower than those for NI as a whole.



Almost one third of the population the Derry City Council area live in rural areas.

In the context of RPA these problems
will
be amplified beyond 2
015 for the new
Derry
City and Strabane District LGD
:



Strabane
is
ranked the 2nd most deprived LGD in Northern Ireland, adding 5 of the
most deprived wards to the new LGD.



As of April 2011 7.10% of the population aged 16 to 74 were unemployed, of these
49
.66% were long
-
term unemployed.



Strabane District Council LGD has the third highest level of child poverty in
Northern Ireland with o
ver 31% of children
living

in poverty.


RPA will also bring a greater need to focus on
rural development. Post RPA
over on
e
third the population of the new Derry/Strabane Council area will live in rural areas,
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therefore greater emphasis will need to be placed on synergies between all
programmes to ensure that the rural dimension is full
y

addressed.

In light of these continui
ng economic pressures we are facing, the 2014
-
2020 round of
EU funding represents an opportunity to make a significant contribution to achieving
the vital investment needed in the City and across the region. As
the regions

second
City, we have been working

hard to contribute to the delivery of the Programme for
Government 2011
-
2015 as the Northern Ireland Executive aims to rebalance and
rebuild our economy.

In June 2011, the development of the Regeneration Plan
for Derry~Londonderry



One
City One Plan One

Voice (Regeneration Plan)
was agreed and endorsed as a priority
commitment in the NI Executive’s Programme for Government 2011


2015.
The
Northern Ireland Executive’s Regional Development Strategy aims to strengthen Derry
as the principle city of the North West.
Furthermore, with the accolade of UK City of
Culture 2013 this is a groundbreaking year for the City
providing
the impetus for
significant investment.

Derry City Council believes that it is vitally important that these catalysts for change
continue to build momentum beyond 2013, not least to capitalise on the legacy as City
of Culture in the years to come, but to deliver on the a
greed vision set out in the
Regen
e
ration

Plan and the contribution this will make to delivering the current and next
Programme for Government.


1.

What activities do you think should be delivered through Local Government
within the 2014
-
20 ERDF, ESF, EAFRD &

ETC Programmes and why?

Derry City Council’s Corporate Plan sets out our mission to delivering “strategic
leadership, in developing the City and Region sustainably through the Regeneration
Plan, by ensuring service delivery excellence in all Derry City Co
uncil functions and by
ensuring measurable benefits are targeted at the most deprived groups and the
ambitions set out in the Regeneration Plan”.

The development of the Regeneration Plan for Derry~Londonderry is a priority
commitment in the NI Executive’s
Programme for Government 2011


2015 and

sets
out
the strategic framework for
what the City wants to achieve:

“To deliver Renewal


Economic, Physical and Social; building a stronger and more
vibrant economy with increased prosperity for our City and Regio
n; in ways which
ensure that opportunities and benefits from regeneration are targeted towards the most
deprived groups in our communities”.

As shown in Figure 1 the
Regeneration Plan

sets out how the City is working to
achieve the economic, physical and social renewal that is needed u
nder the five
Transformational T
hemes of:



Employment and Economy

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Education and Skills



Building Better Communities



Health and Well Being



Sustainable and C
onnected City Region

Under the five Transformational Themes 11 Catalyst Programmes set out the actions
through which our ambitions will be directly and indirectly delivered.

Fig.1: Summary of the
Regeneration Plan



These 11 Catalyst Programmes
are

the C
ity’s focus for strategic investment and we
envisage a significant level of activity under the 2014
-
2020 Northern Ireland EU
Structural Funds i
n these areas.

The
Regeneration

Plan se
rves as

the overarching local development framework
through which to focu
s our investment priorities
. This framework is designed to enable
an evolutionary and
iterative

approach to adapt and, if necessary, re
-
engineer the
activity
and investment focus
that will best

address the challenges we face and

to
deliver the
shared
outcomes we want to achieve

in the context of continually changing
political,

social,
economic

and environmental

conditions
.

On this basis
and in line with proposed EU regulations for the 2014
-
2020 funding
period,
Derry City Council seeks far greater coll
aboration with the Northern Ireland
Executive and
its
Departments
. We must
work together to ensure
that
the critical
investment opportunities that the 2014
-
2020 EU Structural Funds represent are fully
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maximised
across all societal and economic challenges
t
o achieve the best possible
outcomes for the City, the NW of Ireland and the region as a whole.

The Reform of Public Administration
(RPA)
provides the impetus to begin
this

collaboration with the Departments now.
C
ollaboration is of particular primacy in the
areas of economic development, skills and employment,
maximising on
Further and
Higher Education
,
and
physical regeneration
. Specifically:



A
n
integrated
Economic Development Plan
(EDP)
to 2020
for the area

(based on
SMART specialisation principles)

developed / co
-
authored
with

Invest NI and the
Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment
, and linked to Enterprise Ireland
activity for the north of Ireland
.



A skills
-
escalator
to drive up the level of skill
s across all spectrums of the

economically inactive,

long
-
term unemployed
,

not in education e
mployment or
training (NEETs) as well up
-
skilling the existing workforce to meet future demand
that will, alongside the EDP
,

provide the foundations

for

growth.



Ma
ximising on the R&D and innovation potential of the North West Regional
College and the University of Ulster as well as the North West Science Park at Fort
George.



Regeneration of key sites

and communities.


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2.

What do you consider would be the most efficient and effective management,
delivery and accountability arrangements for Local Government involvement

which ensure VFM is maximised?

First and foremost
the focus has to be on

central and local government work
ing

together to ensure that the vital investment the 2014
-
2020 EU Structural Funds offer is
strategically targeted through high quality projects and

a

route to market
that
is as
timely and efficient as possible.

Derry City Council
and Strabane District Council
seeks to secure the support of DFP,
DETI, DEL and DARD for the
new
Derry City
and Strabane District LGD LGD

to be
designated as an Integrated Territorial Investment (ITI) region
f
or the delivery of
delegated
EU Structural Funds 2014
-
2020

alongside Greater Belfast (COMET) area as
the two main urban areas in the region
.

The European Commission recognises the incr
easingly important role that cities and
the city regions play in driving innovation and economic growth within the European
Union. Recent research by the Commission indicates that city regions accounts for
85% of GDP within the European Union.

In setting
out the delivery framework for the Structural Funds Programme 2014
-
2020,
the Commission has recognised the importance of cities by making provision for a
“place based” approach to the delivery of EU funds. The proposed delivery
mechanisms recognise that wh
ilst governments and regional administrations will want
to set regional policy, the delivery of these policies at a local level need to reflect local
circumstances and challenges and be delivered in an integrated way, which will best
address these challeng
es.

In order to facilitate the delivery of integrated development strategies the European
Commission (EC) has identified two separate funding structures. One of these is a
Community
-
led Local Development (CLLD) Model, which is deemed appropriate for
population
s of up to 150,000 people. The second, the Integrated Territorial Investment
(ITI) model has been developed for the delivery of funding in urban areas.

It is envisaged that these models would draw down both ERDF and ESF funds to
support the delivery of pro
jects as part of an Integrated Development Strategy for a
defined geographical area. Furthermore, the EC has made provisions within the draft
regulations to allow an ITI to also be supported by the European Agricultur
al

Fund for
Rural Development (EAFRD) a
nd European Fisheries Fund (EFF)
.


The pre
-
requisite for an ITI is a long
-
term integrated urban strategy


we have the One
Regeneration Plan for Derry~Londonderry. In June 2011, the development of the One
Regeneration Plan was agreed and endorsed as a pri
ority commitment in the NI
Executive’s Programme for Government 2011


2015. Furthermore, with the accolade
of UK City of Culture 2013 this is a groundbreaking year for the City and the impetus
for significant investment.

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Derry City Council seeks to work w
ith the Departments to develop a
set of integrated
strategic actions targeted and delivered at a local level
, as shown in Figure 2:


Figure 2: ITI based model

European
Commission

EU Programmes 2014
-
2020
Northern Ireland Executive
DETI
ERDF
DEL
ESF
DARD
Agri
.
&
Fisheries
SEUPB
INTERREG/PEACE
Local Authority
Integrated delivery of EU Programmes
Projects delivered by
Councils & critical
mass partners
Other local partners
bid into Programme to
access funds
Integrated
Targeted Local Intervention/Investment

This is reflected in the European Commission draft legislation for the Structural Funds
in the
2014
-
2020 period published in October 2012.

The UK Context

It is important that local government proposals are considered in the UK context as the
Northern Ireland Executive’s proposals will be an integral part of the UK Government’s
EU growth programme.

At a UK level, Government has recognised that cities are crucial to regional economies.
It a
lso further recognises that cities

cannot be looked upon in isolation as
their

influence extends well beyond their physical boundaries.
A
t the same time, cities re
ly
heavily on their regions to supply workers and consumers for city
-
based businesses.
Therefore, strong linkages between cities and their regions is fundamental.

In 2010, the UK Government introduced Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPS) to
provide a stru
cture for local areas to proactively respond to complex and dynamic
economic challenges. The introduction of LEPs was a recognition by central
government that the challenges faced by local areas differ depending upon their
particular circumstances and that

if these are to be effectively addressed a nuanced,
flexible and “place based” policy approach is required.

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This concept of decentralising responsibilities to cities was further developed in July
2012 with the creation of the “City Deals” programme which
gave eight cities
responsibility to utilise central government resources to deliver on jobs, skills and
regeneration in order to help drive national economic recovery. This has been followed
by an announcement in October that a further 20 cities would be i
nvited to compete for
“City Deal” status. This is further recognition that economic success is dependent upon
how government and cities being able to work collectively and innovatively to drive
growth.

It is understood that

the Department for
Innovation
and Skills (BIS) are proposing that a
limited number of cities/city regions be designated with Integrate
d

Territorial Investment
(ITI) status under the UK EU Growth Programme, for the purpose of delivering EU
Funds. If the NI Executive wish to see EU fundi
ng contributing to the delivery of “place
based” integrated development plans within Northern Ireland the case will have to be
made to BIS
Derry alongside Belfast
be afforded ITI designation.


RPA and local development capacity in the area

In the context of RPA designating the area with ITI status
facilitates
an area based
approach to
the strategic
delivery

of EU funding
through targeted local investment.

This area based approach
will provide synergy with new community planning powers
which

will see the new Council for the Derry City and Strabane district LGD lead on a
cros
s
-
sectoral long
-
term plan for the development of the area.

The guidance further states that “Community Planning is a process whereby councils,
statutory bodies, agency bo
dies and sectors work together to develop and implement a
shared vision for promoting the well
-
being of their area and pave the way for the most
efficient use of scarce resources. A truly effective plan must not only identify tasks that
need to be complete
d to realise the shared vision, but must also identify who shall
carry them out. “

T
here will also be an opportunity to link LGD activities to priorities identified within the
programme for government. This may well be reflected in the new service delivery

and
performance framework which will be proposed as part of a RPA. In particular it is
anticipated that this framework will identify performance indicators/targets in respect of
central government functions which are transferred to local government

I
t sho
uld be noted that in the Derry City Council area capacity
for area based cross
-
sectoral working
has been developing
over the last five years:



The overarching framework for local development provided through the
Strategy
Board)

has similarities to a potenti
al community planning partnership model.



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Within the current framework there are four main areas of activity:



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We have an area based integrated or c
ross
-
sectoral
long
-
term
strategic plans


the
Regeneration Plan and Strabane
District Council through

future search process
.



Further capacity building through the development of
cross sectoral local area
-
based plans, at district electoral area via the community planning pilot
.



RPA will bring new functions to Council, most signifi
cantly planning.
T
his offers
syner
gies and opportunities
for enhanced outcomes
that will support integrated

planning
.



Other
services that will
be transferred to local government such as
urban
regeneration (from DSD), local economic development and tourism (from DETI),
part of roads responsibility (from DRD),
and
rural development (from DARD)

will
support even greater integration.



These transfers will be live/effective from May 2015 altho
ugh there may be
opportunities for pilots (particularly in regard to planning) prior to this.



The new councils will also get a power of general competence as part of the RPA.
This is significant development, which again may facilitate more effective outcom
es
from limited resources.

This collaborat
ive approach, the
existing
framework

and
the capacity we
already

have
in

place
provides
a solid

basis

around which the infrastructure for an Integrated
Terr
itorial Investment can be built.

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3.

How will your proposal for Local Government involvement contribute to the
Commission's policy priorities as set out in Europe 2020 and comply with the
draft regulations?

The Europe 2020 strategy is about delivering growth that is:
smart,

through more
effec
tive investments in education, research and innovation;
sustainable
, thanks to a
decisive move towards a low
-
carbon economy; and
inclusive
, with a strong emphasis
on job creation and poverty reduction. The strategy is focused on five ambitious goals
in the

areas of
employment, innovation, education, poverty reduction

and
climate/energy
.

The foundations offered by the Regeneration Plan

are

fully aligned to EU 2020. Its
guiding principles are mainstreaming
equality

and embedding
sustainability

through:
genuine partnership; a focus on people, particularly our children and young people;
tackling root causes; and challenging how we do business. Its strategic framework is
focused on five
Transformational Themes:
Employment and Economy
,
Education
and Skills
,
Building Better Communities
;
Health and Well Being
; and
Sustainable
and Connected City Region
.
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4.

How would you propose to ensure consistency in the support available across
Northern Ireland?

Derry City Council and Strabane District C
ouncil defer to the Local Government sector
paper submitted to DFP.