Angel of the North

Proposals for the Future Management of ERDF

01 January 2011

ANEC responded to the Department for Communities and Local Government consultation on proposals for the future management of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) following the abolition of the regional development agencies.

The response broadly agreed with the proposals, and welcomed the Government's recognition of the value of ERDF in securing sustainable investment in the North East. However it highlighted some pertinent issues of concern to North East councils. These were:

  • the availability of match funding for ERDF for the uncommitted allocation for the North East;
  • the potential loss of expertise and technical knowledge already built up in the North East which had implications not only for ERDF but for other programmes that rely on this advice and assistance; and
  • the importance of identifying new forms of investment opportunities, particularly during the current economic climate of public sector budget reductions which would impact significantly on the North East.

View the full ANEC response