Draft Cumbria EU Investment Plan Questionnaire
to be returned by 10 January at 12 noon
The draft Cumbria EU Investment plan is now on the Cumbria LEP website: http://www.cumbrialep.co.uk/european-funding/2014-2020-programme/
If you wish to comment on it, you can download a copy of the questionnaire, which can be returned to Gillian Bishop - firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for responses is 12 noon on 10th January,
The Draft European Structural and Investment Funds Investment Plan for the period 2014-2020 sets out the priorities that Cumbria intends to support by funds that will come from the European Commission in the next seven years. Cumbria has been given a notional allocation of 91m Euros (around £78m at current rates) against which to plan. These funds will be used to invest in activities to help Cumbria become more prosperous, and so a better place to live and work.
In drawing up the plan we have had to take account of those things which are a priority for EU funding in the 2014-2020 period. The EU regulations which govern these funds identify 10 thematic priority areas (these are identified in the draft document) for EU spends. Within these 10 areas, there are specific limits for financial allocation and there are also guidelines for the split between ERDF and ESF funding. In addition, the UK government has indicated in detail the kinds of activities and projects it expects to see under each theme.
The strategic themes of Cumbria's European Investment Plan build upon the Local Enterprise Partnership's Business Plan, and reflect investment in economic sectors which are likely to produce growth in the Cumbrian economy. This includes a strong focus on activities which lead to jobs and growth, and specifically research and innovation, business competitiveness, growth of a low carbon economy, and employment and social inclusion. This process is aligned to the production of a wider Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) which all LEPs are delivering to government in the spring of 2014.
We would like your views on:
- the emphasis of the EU plan on Cumbria's priority sectors
- whether the activities we are proposing under each theme are the right ones; and,
- Making sure we haven't excluded any eligible activities that could support Cumbria's growth ambitions.
The consultation questions have been put onto an online survey which can be downloaded from
Interim LEP Business Manager
C/o Carlisle College
Please respond by 12.00 noon on Friday 10th January 2014 to enable us to feed your views about the plan into the final version that will be submitted to government at the end of January 2014.
Thanks for your participation!