Tees Valley is an area of challenge and opportunity. Our region is rapidly transforming to realise new economic opportunities, whilst addressing some of the structural economic challenges and imbalances that have faced our area for too long.
What is UKSPF?
The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) is a central pillar of the UK Government’s ambitious Levelling Up agenda and a significant component of its support for places across the UK. All areas of the UK receive an allocation from the Fund via a funding formula rather than a competition. It will help places right across the country deliver enhanced outcomes and recognises that even the most affluent parts of the UK contain pockets of deprivation and need support.
UKSPF forms part of a suite of complementary levelling up funding. It must complement and not duplicate other resources e.g. Adult Education Budget, European Structural Investment Funds (remaining delivery) Levelling Up Fund, Town Deals, Future High Street Fund, Community Renewal etc.
What does it mean for the Tees Valley?
|Investment Priority||Intervention||UKSPF Allocation|
|Communities & Place||E1: Improvements to town centres & high streets||£7,300,700|
|Communities & Place||E4: Enhancing existing cultural, historic & heritage institutions offer||£1,660,000|
|Communities & Place||E5: Built & landscaped environment to ‘design out crime’||£1,300,000|
|Communities & Place||E6: Local arts, cultural, heritage & creative activities||£9,524,976|
|Communities & Place||E8: Campaigns to encourage visits and exploring of local area||£2,440,000|
|Communities & Place||E11: Capacity building & infrastructure to support local groups||£1,000,000|
|Communities & Place||E14: Relevant feasibility studies||£1,500,000|
|Communities & Place||Communities & Place Interventions Total||£24,725,676|
|Supporting Local Business||E23: Strengthening local entrepreneurial ecosystems||£10,500,000|
|Supporting Local Business||E29: Supporting decarbonisation & improving natural environment||£2,500,000|
|Supporting Local Business||Local Business Interventions Total||£13,000,000|
|People & Skills||E33: Employment support for economically inactive people||£5,000,000|
|People & Skills||People & Skills Interventions Total||£8,600,000|
UKSPF evidence base can be found here
If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]
The Tees Valley UKSPF Forward Plan is now available to view here. This contains details of the themes, proposed route to market and allocation. Please note that this is a live document and is therefore subject to change.
The Combined Authority is pleased to announce that following the recent procurement of the Multiply Programme, 9 providers have been awarded a contract to deliver the against the interventions aimed at providing:
Skills Providers will develop and test new models of face-to-face delivery for new and intensive numeracy courses. The courses will be flexible (e.g. evening/weekends, in the workplace/in the community) and intensive (up to 60GLH).
The intention is that they will be pre-cursor to a FSQ and will enable the learner to seamlessly progress into a FSQ course at level 1 and/or level 2.
Courses will be targeted at those adults (unemployed) / employed) who, through initial and diagnostic assessment, require this additional intensive support to be able to progress to a FSQ.
These courses will also test and trial courses with employers for those employees that are identified as having skills gaps and/or facing financial hardship i.e. in work poverty.
|Communicators||Suzanne Lister and Isobel Currie||www.communicatorsltd.co.uk|
|Darlington College||Sean Maquire||www.darlington.ac.uk|
|Eden Training||Katrina Chatterton||www.edentrainingacademy.org.uk|
|J&K Training||Ann Johnson||www.jandktraining.co.uk|
|Learning Curve Group||Judith Allen||www.learningcurvegroup.co.uk|
|New College Durham||Linda Wilson||www.newcollegedurham.ac.uk|
|People Plus||Alan Green and Elizabeth Dewhirst||www.peopleplus.co.uk|
|Triage Centrum||Jasmin Ayre||www.triagecentral.co.uk|
In addition to the above, the Combined Authority can also confirm that Hartlepool Borough Council has been awarded the contract to deliver the Community Led element of the UKSPF Multiply Programme, working primarily with the Community and Voluntary Sector Organisations as well as other Local Authority’s and Providers across the Tees Valley.
If you or know of an organisation that is interested in working with Hartlepool Borough Council to ensure the successful delivery of these activities, then please contact Scott Campbell.
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