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1 European Structural Investment Fund (ESIF ) Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction in the North East LEP Area Jo Curry VONNE

2 £44.5m of ESF is available for promoting social inclusion and combating poverty (Theme 9)
Activity as stated in draft ESIF submitted to Government in 2014 Northumberland, Tyne and Wear Durham Total ESF Support activities to tackle multiple barriers in a holistic / integrated way to avoid problems becoming entrenched £14.2m £4m £18.2m Targeted support to those with protected characteristics and from specific communities who face multiple barriers/ high levels of exclusion and poverty £6.6m £1.7m £8.3m Targeted activities to support bottom up social inclusion through geographically focused community action £12m (plus £3m ERDF) £6m (plus £1m ERDF) £18m (Plus £4m ERDF)

3 Four key themes of social inclusion and poverty reduction- as agreed in the NELEP area
Multiple barriers to employment Health Inequality Financial Inclusion Digital Inclusion Underpinning all of the themes is an emphasis on economic participation

4 Health Inequality (HI)
ESIF Investment over full programme £5.7m 30% of BLF match funding allocated to HI 1971 outputs / participants (likely to be revised upwards) Population Health and Healthcare Surveillance – Intelligence published September 2014 Indicates that, on average and when compared to people living elsewhere in England, people in this region are: More likely to have a shorter lifespan More likely to die prematurely from preventable diseases and problems More likely to be readmitted to hospital within a month of discharge Less likely to make healthy lifestyle choices eg smoking, alcohol, conception, diet, exercise, substance misuse, breastfeeding More likely to miss work due to sickness More likely to suffer fuel poverty Background information Due North: The report of the Inquiry on Health Equity for the North – Inquiry Chair : Margaret Whitehead Published August 2014. “Because of poorer health, many people in the North have shorter lifetimes and longer periods of ill-health than in other parts of the country” “Disability and poor health are the primary reasons why people in the North are out of work” Population Health and Healthcare Surveillance – Intelligence for the North East and Cumbria Academic Health Network produced by the North East Quality Observatory System published September 2014 The epidemiological evidence presented in this report, portrays health and healthcare in this region. It indicates that, on average and when compared to people living elsewhere in England, people in this region are: More likely to have a shorter lifespan More likely to die prematurely from preventable diseases and problems More likely to suffer a fall or hip fracture in older age More likely to be readmitted to hospital within a month of discharge Less likely to make healthy lifestyle choices eg smoking, alcohol, conception, diet, exercise, substance misuse, breastfeeding More likely to miss work due to sickness More likely to suffer fuel poverty Addressing the challenges Public health experts attribute much of the avoidable premature mortality in this region to risk factors within two categories. The first category comprises the wider determinants of health i.e. wealth, employment, education, housing. Recognising the relationship between health and wealth places is crucial and has a profound and enduring impact on the health of local people. The second category concerns health related behaviour s which increase the risks of suffering common 'killers' such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, COPD and asthma. Neither of these categories can be adequately addressed by health services alone. The following provides data on the health inequality challenges identified in this report. Life expectancy The data show that average life expectancy for men in the North East in was the second lowest amongst the regions nationally, i.e years, compared to the national average of 79.2 years, a difference of 1.4 years. Due North: The report of the Inquiry on Health Equity for the North –Published August 2014. The data show that average life expectancy for women in the North East in was the lowest amongst the Regions nationally, i.e years, compared to the national average of 83.0 years i.e. a difference of 1.4 years. Trend data show that female life expectancy is increasing both nationally and locally. In the first ten years of this century female life expectancy in the region was extended by 2.3 years. However differences in life expectancy for women in this region compared with the rest of England remain and these gaps in life expectancy between different populations lie at the heart of concerns around inequalities in health. The national and local variation in female life expectancy can largely be explained by differences in factors such as wealth, education, housing, employment and lifestyle rather than hospital care. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) – Mortality rate considered preventable in the under 75s The trend data indicate how premature mortality from CVD has almost halved during the first decade of this century, a fall from 120 per 100,000 to 61.4 per 100,000 in this region. During the same period, the difference in premature CVD mortality in the North East region compared with that nationally narrowed from 21.4 per 100,000 to 7.9 per 100,000. However, in , premature CVD mortality in the North East region was the second highest of all the English health regions and significantly higher than that suffered nationally. Liver disease- mortality rate considered preventable in under 75s In the North East region had the second highest premature mortality rates from liver disease per 100,000 compared with 15.8 per 100,000 nationally. Trends show that premature mortality from liver disease is increasing regionally and nationally, and the increase is at a higher rate in the North East Region than that nationally. In the Regional value was 16.3 per 100,000 which was 18% higher than the national value. In the regional value had increased by 21% to 19.7 per 100,000, a rate which was 25% higher than that observed nationally. Respiratory disease – mortality rate considered preventable in under 75s Premature mortality rates from respiratory disease in the North East region are the 2nd highest of all the English health regions and are statistically significantly higher than those observed nationally. Suicides In , the North East region had the highest suicide rate of all the English health regions per 100,000 compared with 8.5 per 100,000 nationally. Trend data show a reduction in suicide rates during the first decade of this century - a drop of 15% from 11.3 in this region in to 9.8 per 100, During , intra-regional variation was evident across Local Authority areas ranging from as low as 5.5 per 100,000 in Gateshead to 12.9 per 100,000 in N Tyneside - a difference of 234%. Excess Weight in adults For the period 2012 the observed rates of excess weight in adults was higher in the North East Region than any of the other English Health regions. The prevalence of excess weight in adults was significantly higher than the national average in many of the NENC AHSN region constituent local authorities and the highest rates were observed in County Durham and Northumberland. In 2013, inactivity levels in the North East region were the third highest of all of the English health regions. Trend data indicate that inactivity is a growing problem and the gap between the North East and the rest of England is growing. Smoking In 2012, adult smoking rates in the North East region were the second highest of all the English Health Regions. Trend data for only two years suggest the gap between the North East and the rest of England is widening. Alcohol related admittance to hospital During the period 2012/3 hospital admission rates relating to alcohol were the highest in the North East region compared with all of the English health regions. The admission rate of per 100,000 was 67% higher than that observed in the South East region. Trend data since 2008, indicate that the rate of hospital admission was steadily rising until 2012 with a recent decline. Employment in people with long term conditions In 2012, the data indicated that the employment gap between those with long term health conditions and the overall employment rate was higher for residents of the North East region than any of the English health regions – 9.7% compared with a national gap of 7.1% and a gap in the South East region of only 4.9%. Within the region, the employment gap is higher than the national average for the population in every NELEP Local Authority area with the exception of Northumberland. Sickness absence – the percentage of working days lost due to sickness absence ( ) In the period , the percentage of working days lost due to sickness in the North East region was significantly higher than those observed nationally and the highest of all the English health regions. The data appears to suggest that whilst the number of people taking sick leave may not be that different, the period of sick leave is. Those working in the North East are absent for longer periods due to sickness. Domestic abuse During 2012/13, the rate of domestic abuse incidents in the North East region was the highest observed nationally, 25.2 per 1000 compared with a national average of 18.8 per 1000 and only 14.2% observed in the S West region. Fuel Poverty Rates of fuel poverty in the North East region in 2012 were significantly higher than those observed nationally and affected 11.6% of households compared with 10.4% on average in England and 7.8% in the South East. Trend data show that rates of fuel poverty are falling nationally and regionally with some narrowing of the gap. Mental Health The North East displays some of the highest rates of mental illness in England. Data from the Health Survey for England shows that the North East is the only English region with an estimated prevalence of possible psychiatric disorder measured using the 12-item General Health Questionnaire (17.5%) that is significantly higher than the England average (13.2%). The North East has the highest age standardised death rates from suicide and injuries of undetermined intent in both males and females aged 15 and over. The North East has the highest age standardised rates of hospital admission for self-harm and for drug overdose. Rates were significantly higher than the England average. Public Health England NOMIS Labour Market Profile data Between October 2013 and September 2014, 8300 or 2.6% of the NELEP working age population were temporarily sick, (compared to 2.2% of Great Britain). 90,400 or 28.1% of the NELEP working age population were long term sick (compared to 21.8% of Great Britain). 99,140 people claimed Employment Support Allowance in the NELEP area. Work Programme (WP) Statistical Analysis – James Turner – Associate Director – Rocket Science (RS) RS examined the WP published data on job outcomes as a proportion of referrals from July 2013 to June RS concluded that men were the most successful in getting a job through the WP (62%) people with disabilities (29%) , older people (30%) and women (43%) were least successful in getting a job through the WP. North East LEP ESIF Strategy Consultation – Inclusive Growth Key findings from the Inclusive Growth workshop include: “Ageing and the provision of services is an important area of potential for innovation.” “There remains a feeling that the NE is not the most open and inclusive place to live and work. Significant, ongoing challenges were raised for women, the BME community, disabled people, and around mental health. Place based factors around connectivity were also raised as concerns” NOMIS Labour Market data - Nomis is a service provided by the Office for National Statistics, ONS, to give you free access to the most detailed and up-to-date UK labour market statistics from official sources. https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/ Work Programme Statistical Analysis – James Turner – Associate Director – Rocket Science – Presentation to the VCSE skills and employability focus group January 2015.

5 Priorities identified by the Health and Wellbeing Boards across Local Authorities in the NELEP area in 2014 Northumberland Reducing alcohol related harm, tacking levels of obesity through diet and exercise promoting mental wellbeing North Tyneside Alcohol Cancer Mental Health Newcastle (Wellbeing for life board) Smoking obesity Gateshead Ensuring children get the best start in life Focus on major causes of ill health due to life style risks Work with communities to improve emotional health and wellbeing South Tyneside Tobacco Alcohol obesity Sunderland Better start – strengthening families Economic leadership and development Supporting older people to live independently Durham Tackling health inequality Improving mental health and wellbeing Children’s health

6 Options Support to people with Long Term Conditions and the over 50s
Supporting and promoting healthy lifestyles – Fit for work activities Support for people with mental health issues Support for people with physical disabilities Support for people with addictions

7 Recommendations BLF supports calls for two health inequality projects
Supporting and promoting healthy lifestyles – Fit for work activities diet / exercise – smoking cessation and reducing alcohol consumption – motivation / activity and support – Participation and referral to job support – Need to work with managing authority to ensure that proposed activity is eligible for ESF. (Confidence / motivation / life skills and personal skills including healthy eating are all ESF eligible – query whether exercise is though) Support for people with mental health issues to progress towards economic activity Condition management, motivation, confidence building, support with progression and some in work support. This must align with and add value to other DWP provision. It should also include in work support and retention. BLF should specify examples of a range of activity that is eligible and anything that is specifically ineligible, but should keep the call specification flexible so that partnerships can develop locally responsive initiatives. Support for over 50s, people with physical disabilities and people with addictions form priorities under the multiple barriers to employment strand of themed activity.

8 Financial Inclusion ESIF Investment over full programme £1.9m
10% of BLF match funding allocated to FI 657outputs / participants (likely to be revised upwards) Financial capability is having the knowledge, skills, confidence and motivation to manage your money well. Financial inclusion is a state in which all people have access to appropriate, desired financial products and services in order to manage their money effectively. This includes having a bank account and insurance.

9 Poverty in the North East
In the NE approximately 1 in 4 children live in poverty. Around 62% of those children live in households where at least 1 parent works. We need to consider how we can build in an expectation of the Living Wage into ESIF Funded projects and how combating poverty is monitored. Need to improve access to affordable credit

10 Recommendations Fund 1 Project over the lifetime of the programme Supporting people to improve their financial capability by one to one support in : budgeting debt advice casework benefits checks and advice – including back to work better off calculations and managing the transition into employment Signposting to best deals Signposting to bank accounts, credit unions and affordable loans Signposting to support with hazardous gambling and addictions

11 Digital Inclusion ESIF Investment over full programme £1.9m
10% of BLF match funding allocated to DI 657outputs / participants (likely to be revised upwards) Research published by the BBC found that 21% of Britain’s population lack the basic digital skills and capabilities required to realise the benefits of the internet. The same research estimated that 500,000 adults in the North East lack basic online skills.

12 Government Digital Inclusion Strategy identifies 4 main challenges that people face to going online:
access - the ability to actually go online and connect to the internet skills - to be able to use the internet motivation - knowing the reasons why using the internet is a good thing trust - a fear of crime, or not knowing where to start to go online Go ON North East is the first regional pathfinder rolled out by GO ON UK and partners to help increase basic on line skills. Managing information - Find, manage and store digital information and content Communicating - Communicate, interact, collaborate, share and connect with others Transacting - Purchase and sell goods and services; organise your finances; register for and use digital government services Problem-solving - Increase independence and confidence by solving problems using digital tools and finding solutions Universal Credit – Digital by default

13 Recommendations BLF / ESIF match funding for one Project over the lifetime of the programme Supporting people to improve their Basic Digital Skills with an emphasis on progression into economic activity. This should include one to one and group activities, outreach into hotspot areas where there is low ICT literacy, and support via Registered Social Landlords.

14 Multiple Barriers to Employment
The North East LEP – Inclusive Growth Report ekosgen July 2013 The report concluded that the following groups experienced lower than expected economic outcomes in the NELEP area: women; BME; disabled; disadvantaged / deprived communities; LGBT; under 25s; over 50s and offenders. The report suggests that disadvantage is multi faceted involving the interplay of individual characteristics combined with external factors. People with protected characteristics often experience personal barriers which include: health issues; low confidence; low levels of skills; caring responsibilities; language skills and lack of work experience. People from such groups also face labour market barriers which include: Discrimination; adverse employer perceptions; lack of access to employment; recognition of prior achievement, costs of learning. The report concludes that although there are similarities in the barriers that people within different groups face, each individual will have specific support needs. It is essential that all calls request detail of how the proposed project supports people with protected characteristics.

15 Multiple Barriers to Employment
ESIF investment over full programme £9.5m BLF Allocation 50% Outputs / Participants 3286 (Likely to be revised upwards Key data includes: Lower percentage of people of working age economically active in the NELEP area (74.8%) than Great Britain (77.5) Higher percentage unemployed in NELEP (8.4%) than Great Britain (6.5%) Higher percentage of people with no qualifications (10.6%) than Great Britain average (9.3%) Lower jobs density in the NELEP (0.67) compared to the Great Britain job density (0.78)

16 Key groups Young People Over 50s Offenders / Ex Offenders Disability
Ethnicity Drug and alcohol misuse Homeless

17 Severe and Multiple Disadvantage
Predominantly white men, aged 25–44, with long-term histories of economic and social marginalisation and, in most cases, childhood trauma. In addition to general background poverty, very difficult family relationships and very poor educational experience are the most important early roots of SMD The ‘average’ local authority might expect to have about 1,470 SMD cases over the course of a year (as defined by involvement in two out of the three relevant service systems). In the index of Local Authorities with the highest prevalence of SMD based on three national data sources for England, 2010/11 Newcastle was rated 10th and South Tyneside 23rd. SMD, is distinguishable from other forms of social disadvantage because of the degree of stigma and dislocation from societal norms that these intersecting experiences represent. The quality of life reported by people facing SMD is much worse than that reported by many other low income and vulnerable people, especially with regard to their mental health and sense of social isolation. Hard Edges: Mapping Severe and Multiple Disadvantage in England

18 Recommendations 3 programmes of activity targeted on those furthest away from the labour market – with progression onto Work Programme as an outcome and with cross referral to other SI programmes (i.e. people with debt refer to the financial inclusion programme) Support to families with chaotic lifestyles and individuals with severe and multiple disadvantage Support for over 50s , people with long term conditions and people with physical disabilities. Support to people with Learning Disability People with protected characteristics must be served by the above projects.

19 Community Led Local Development (CLLD) Open Call
The Mechanisms Big Lottery Fund Match Community Led Local Development (CLLD) Open Call

20 CLLD Investments of around £3m
Specifically targeted geography coverage: In recognisable communities 10,000 to 150,000 population size, based on deprivation. Bottom up engagement through a Local Action Group Intended to address specific needs, identified by partners, which mainstream provision is unable to meet. Still subject to debate between Commission and government Guidance awaited from DCLG: Long lead in anticipated (2017?) Although bottom up, is still subject to same technical requirements Competitive process for CLLD areas to be agreed Can be bureaucratic and expensive Will not cover all deprived areas in the NELEP – Creates postcode winners and losers

21 Open Call Unlikely to be a Social Inclusion open call before June 15
Northumberland Council working up some ideas Useful for organisations that can attract match Useful for organisations that are not in a CLLD area Will possibly follow the 4 Priority Themes

22 Community Grants Programme – ESF Community Grants Co-financed by SFA and delivered by Community Foundation Community Grants are exceptionally important to VCSE organisations with an income of less than £300,000 per year. Fund provides awards of up to £15,000 to groups undertaking activities including help with basic skills, work experience, training advice and guidance, job search assistance, confidence building, personal development and support to overcome barriers to training and employment. Within this £15,000 limit, groups may also apply for support costs to help with Capacity Building their organisation. Capacity Building Grants are not expected to exceed £1,500 Evaluated well on outputs and hardest to reach 2 options for future ESF Community Grants SFA will continue this co-financing of ESF Community Grants – will go out to open procurement. (If we ask them to.) Alternatively an Open Call requires match funded grants pots.

23 Durham Transition area Ring fenced funding
40 / 60 match funding required – not 50/50 County Durham Investment Plan: Priorities, Approach, Areas of Investment

24 Next steps Workshops Background and recommendations to BLF and LEP
Ensure VCSE engagement in design of calls by Managing Authority Share info / Contacts – leads and partners More workshops? Some Open Calls March 15 Operational Programmes signed off June 15 BLF launch June 2015 Social Inclusion open call June 2015 Funding Flows 2016


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