Committee inquiry into the European Social Fund continues

28 January 2010

The House of Lords EU Social Policy and Consumer Affairs Sub-Committee takes evidence at 9.40am for its inquiry into the effectiveness of the 2007-13 European Social Fund (ESF) and how it might be amended and resourced in the future

Giving evidence will be representatives from Lincolnshire County Council and from London Councils, the think-tank and lobbying organisation that promotes the interests of London's 33 Councils.


  • Justin Brown, Head of Economic Regeneration Policy, Lincolnshire County Council
  • Ian Redding, Head of Grants, London Councils

The Committee's objectives from this inquiry are threefold:

  • To make recommendations on short term changes that might be made to the European Social Fund to allow it to respond effectively to the evolving challenges raised by the financial crisis;
  • To assess the contribution that the ESF can make in the medium term to the post-2010 Strategy for Growth and Jobs, including the European Employment Strategy;
  • To make recommendations on the long term role and functioning of the European Social Fund, within the context of the EU budget review.

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