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Funding at a glance

Funding at a glance

West of England Local Enterprise Partnership Funding Arrangements – All the information you need

The West of England LEP has secured £230.7m through Growth Deals that will be invested in the West of England from 2016-2021. This investment will be matched by £180m of additional investment from local partners and the private sector. Together this funding will create at least 6,000 jobs.

West of England Strategic Economic Plan - Sets out the delivery strategy for local economic growth using significant amount of funding from the Local Growth Fund.

Equality & Diversity Impacts - Delivering excellence in Equality & Diversity is intrinsically linked to the successful achievement of the West of England 2030 Vision and this is explicit within our Strategic Economic Plan.

We have undertaken a review of the activities delivered and progress to date against the equality and diversity objectives set out in the Strategic Economic Plan. Our Equality and Diversity Report (Overview April 2016), sets out the refreshed SEP equalities and diversity objectives to more closely align with the current WE LEP activities. The full report is also available.

All schemes coming through for funding are required to produce an Equality and Diversity Impact Assessment and to draw up a plan of action to address equality and diversity issues relevant to the scheme. Please note the document will be updated as more schemes are approved and complete their individual assessments.

One Front Door - The West of England LEP operates a 'One Front Door' approach to managing funds which is overseen by the Investment Board with the LEP Board providing business input and scheme approvals granted by the Strategic Leaders Board. Further detail about these Boards is provided below.

Annual Impact Report

The Impact Report 2015/16 provides key intelligence on exactly what the LEP is about; how the various parts work to support economic growth and business on the ground across the four local authority areas of Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

Funding arrangements

West of England Growth Deal Assurance Framework - Sets out the governance arrangements and processes through which the West of England Growth Deal and Local Growth Fund will operate. The framework has been signed off by the LEP Board, and compliance with required guidance has been confirmed to Government. The assureance framework is currently being reviewed to relfect the changes to governance and accountable body arrangements arising from the creation of the West of England COmbined Authority. 

Accountability and Transparency

Bath & North East Somerset Council is the nominated Accountable Body for the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership and is responsible for managing the funding streams.

Freedom of information requests – Information on right of access to information held by public bodies.

Data protection – Duty of the local Authority to process and protect personal data as within the Data Protection Act principles.

Complaints policy - Information about making a complaint.

Bath & North East Somerset Statement of Accounts 2015/16 - Expenditure and funding of the LEP is provided at note 46 of the document.

Meetings

The Business Nominations Committee nominates and selects business representatives for those bodies in the LEP organisation that require them, including the LEP Board.

Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest Policy - For the LEP Board and Investment Board.

Investment Board Terms of Reference - The membership of the Board is shown here. Each member has signed a Register of Interests, Conflict of Interests Policy and Code of Conduct. These can be viewed by selecting the individual Board member.

LEP Board Membership and Terms of Reference - The membership of the Board is shown here. Each member has signed a Register of Interests, Conflict of Interests Policy and Code of Conduct. These can be viewed by selecting the individual Board member.

The Chair of the LEP is able to claim expenses on the same basis as officers of Bath and North East Somerset Council. Details of these expenses are published.

Strategic Leaders Board Constitution and Terms of Reference - An update on progress with schemes, approvals for new schemes and changes is a standing item at each meeting of the Strategic Leaders Board and can be viewed here.

Joint Scrutiny Committee Terms of Reference - The Joint Scrutiny Committee consider the reports on One Front Door funding to the Strategic Leaders Board.

Accountable Body - For the Growth Deal is Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES) Council, who are represented through the s151 officer as an observer on the Investment Board. The accountable body is responsible for enacting the final funding decisions made by the Board.

Growth Deals

Growth Deal 1 and 2 sets out the details of the Growth Deal with West of England LEP, which have helped to fund local projects in the region.

A further Growth Deal 3 Bid was submitted in July 2016 for £81m of funding and in February 2017 £52.8m was awarded.

The funding allocated to projects in 2015/16 is shown on the annual Funding and Status Report.

Programme performance

Checklist - Produced for each meeting of the Strategic Leaders Board which shows the status of schemes within the programme, the allocated funding and grant claim to date.

Programme of schemes - Schemes allocated funding via the One Front Door process are listed in the table and will be updated regularly.

Economic Development Fund arrangements and investment programme designed to maximise economic returns in all the Enterprise Zone and Areas.

Revolving Infrastructure Fund arrangements and infrastructure schemes funded to unlock or serve development that will bring about economic and/or housing growth.

Business Cases are published at the point of decision making for One Front Door schemes which have been fully or conditionally approved.

An Executive Summary is provided for each One Front Door approved scheme for the funding streams above including a contact for further information.

Applying for Funding

Step-by-step guidance for funding applicants sets out process by which prospective applicants can submit schemes for consideration of funding, through the Local Growth Fund and wider One Front Door funding streams.

Support manual consolidates all the support documents available to assist applicants with bringing forward robust and complete business cases for approval via the One Front Door process. Also sets out sets out the requirements and provides a benchmark against which schemes will be assessed.

Supplying services to the LEP

Selling to the Council – Outlines the procurement process of Bath & North East Somerset Council which the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership follows.

Details of expenditure – Bath and North East Somerset Council publishes details of expenditure over £500. LEP expenditure is recorded under ‘Z98 West of England Partnership’.

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