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ESIF Area Sub Committee

Governance and purpose of the Area ESIF Committee  

The Berkshire LEP Area ESIF Committee is responsible for the strategic oversight of local investments of ESF, ERDF and EAFRD Growth programme funds and their operational delivery in line with the ESIF Operational Programme. It reports directly to the Growth Programme Board, which is the Programme Monitoring Committee for both the ERDF and the ESF Operational Programmes in England. 

  • The latest Local Enterprise Partnership area ESIF sub-committee Guidance Note 
  • The latest Local Enterprise Partnership area ESIF Terms of Reference 


Objective of Committee 

The Committee will be responsible for: 

  • the development and delivery of the Berkshire ESIF Strategy 
  • ensuring that local strategic aims are considered alongside national strategic and operational objectives, and that maximum impact is achieved through the Funds 
  • ensuring operational delivery of activity 
  • overseeing the development of an appropriate pipeline of proposals 
  • agreeing investments 
  • monitoring performance against targets at a Berkshire level   


Status and Accountability 

The Committee is an integral part of the governance structure required to deliver the 2014-2020 ERDF and ESF Programmes through its management of the Berkshire ESIF Strategy. 

Committee Functions 

The Committee will: 

  • act in accordance with the regulations governing ESIF operations 
  • support delivery of the operational programmes at a local level 
  • develop and agree an implementation plan with the Managing Authority (MA) 
  • develop and agree with the MA the entry routes into the Programme including types of calls, timing of calls, scope and fit with local priorities 
  • agree work with the MA to develop local promotion and publicity of the ESIF 
  • develop a pipeline of operation that meet local needs 
  • discuss and agree with the MA arrangements for the oversight of procured provision with Opt Ins 
    assess potential operations at outline and full application stage (including Opt Ins) 
  • make recommendations and agree with the MA the selection of operations and Opt Ins 
    agree oversight of delivery of operations and outputs including working with Opt In organisations 
  • agree with the MAs the level and detail and information required to monitor performance 
    report progress and feed into national processes 
  • inform and oversee programme evaluation 
  • ensure there is clear governance Membership 
  • the membership of the Committee must reflect the breadth of partners specified in Article 5 of the Common Provisions Regulations and the Code of Conduct. Partners to be represented are: 
    • LEP  
    • local authority  
    • business partners (including small businesses and social enterprises appropriate to Berkshire)  
    • voluntary and community sector  
    • equalities and non-discrimination  
    • environment (with relevant expertise in e.g. sustainable development)  
    • trade union and employer representation  
    • higher education  
    • education, skills and employment 
    • rural 
    • CLLD local action groups where appropriate  
    • managing authorities  


Notes on membership 

  • The number of representatives per sector can vary by area 
  • Members need to be clear about who they are representing and how 
  • All partners selected should be representative of their sector and able to demonstrate accountability 
  • Each partner listed above should ideally be represented with a separate individual 


Membership recruitment 

Recruitment will be led by the LEP with involvement of partners and agreement of the MA. Membership will be for a three-year term.  

The Committee will review its membership in 2017 to ensure its composition of skills remains relevant. 

Meeting arrangements 

  • Meetings will take place quarterly although in the initial setting up of the committee these may take place more frequently 
  • The MA will provide the secretariat, managing dates, and venues, minute taking, recording decisions and collating and circulating papers 
  • Agendas will be agreed between the Chair and the MA.  


Current committee membership 

Click here to see the current committee membership