Increasing rates of parental employment (5):

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-01-30
Session date: 
January 30, 2013
Reference: 
2013/0073
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Will you seek greater control of European Social Fund expenditure in order to target this money at a specific parental employment scheme for Londoners?

Answer

Answer for Increasing rates of parental employment (5):

Answer for Increasing rates of parental employment (5):

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am seeking greater control of European Social Fund (ESF) expenditure for the forthcoming 2014-20 programme and have written to Government requesting 'Managing Authority' status for London, as set out in Mayoral Decision 1101. The Government response is awaited.

The 2014-20 EU budget, EU-wide eligibility criteria for ESF expenditure, the size and content of UK programmes and London's potential role managing funds have yet to be agreed. It is thus too early to say whether parental employment schemes will form part of any eventual London programme.

The ESF programme will be developed in partnership with stakeholders and investment priorities will be consulted upon prior to its formal adoption.