There are two ESF cross-cutting themes (sometimes also called “CCTs” or “horizontal themes”) that must be fully integrated into the development and delivery of every project. These are sustainable development and gender equality and equal opportunities.
All ESF applicants and providers will be expected to have in place:
Sustainable development in the European Social Fund Programme has an environmental focus. Therefore there is particular emphasis on welcoming applications from organisations that mirror this ethos whilst also supporting either jobs, skills or social inclusion. However all projects, whether they have an environmental focus or not, must take the environment into account when delivering their services and therefore providers are expected to have a sustainable development policy and implementation plan in place.
The purpose of the sustainable development policy is to provide a statement - a public commitment - to promoting sustainable development and to comply with relevant environmental legislation whilst delivering European Social Fund activities. The purpose of the implementation plan is to turn the policy commitment into action.
For more background information on Sustainable Development please see: D2N2 ESIF Strategy 2014-2020, section 5, page 71.
For more information on the requirements of the Sustainable Development Policy and Plan please see: Cross-Cutting Themes Guidance for European Social Fund.
Changes in migration patterns have meant that the public, private and third sectors in the D2N2 area have had to respond rapidly to new needs arising from in-migration. This has also required new responses to tackling barriers to employment, for example the development of tailored, holistic support.
D2N2 LEP has strong links with the VCS sector and recognises the particular expertise held by this sector in promoting equality and combating discrimination. Utilising the knowledge of a broad range of partners and One East Midlands as the intermediary, D2N2 have developed the Social Inclusion Framework (2014) which underpins the D2N2 approach to social inclusion activities linked to ESF Priority Axes, in particular, Active inclusion (ESF Investment Priority 1.4).
The Social Inclusion Framework (2014) aims to deliver integrated and innovative solutions which tackle the root causes of social exclusion, address barriers to work, provide pathways to employment, and allow all adults to play an active role in the labour market, lifting people out of poverty wherever they live; including overcoming persistent pockets of poverty and supporting active inclusion through the use of local initiatives. The Social Inclusion & Equalities Advisory Group (SIEAG), previously acted as the strategic and advisory body to the D2N2 ESIF Programme Board and the D2N2 Board on issues of social and economic inclusion, equalities and the development of inclusive and sustainable growth strategies for the D2N2 area, plays a vital role in the development of the Framework. Following a re-structure of D2N2 LEP governance in 2019, the SIEAG has been replaced by Inclusion representatives on the main D2N2 Board and the Advisory Boards.
From an applicant perspective all projects are required to show attention to tackling equality and anti-discriminatory issues. Evaluation of the programme will take account of performance on equality and demonstrate the impact the programme has had on each of the cross-cutting themes.
The purpose of the equality policy is to provide a statement which acts as a public commitment to promoting equality in-line with the Public Sector Equality Duty (Equality Act 2010), be used as a tool to help provide a quality service to participants and act as a communication tool to staff, participants and other service users. The purpose of the implementation plan is to set out the action that will be taken by the providers and its staff to enable equality to be promoted.
For more information on the Equality Act 2010 and the Public Sector Equality Duty please click here.
For more background information on Equality and Combating Discrimination please see: D2N2 ESIF Strategy 2014-2020, section 5, page 71.
For more information on the requirements of the Equality Policy and Plan please see: Cross-Cutting Themes Guidance for European Social Fund.
This project is part-funded by the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.