Guidance: Evaluation of the European Regional Development Fund 2014 to 2020

European Regional Development Fund programme is funding for projects that create jobs and supports local growth.

There is a requirement for all ERDF grant recipients to undertake a summative assessment. The documents on this page provide the essential information needed to plan and undertake the assessment.

These documents only relate to ERDF.

Guidance: ESF action notes: 2014 to 2020 programme

Updated: Published action note 004/17 changes to the branding and publicity requirements

ESF action notes are formal communications issued to inform all Grant Recipients (GR) about specific issues they need to act on.

Action notes may support updates of eligibility rules and programme guidance documents drawing attention to specific rules or requirements that are either new or have been modified. Others may focus on more technical information or one off requests and opportunities the managing authority needs to make a GR aware of or potentially act on.

Action notes are separate from and do not replace:

  • funding agreement terms
  • published ESF (or European Structural Investment Fund) eligibility rules
  • programme guidance
  • other requirements in documents published on GOV.UK.

If you have queries about ESF action notes please email or if you are an ESF GR contact your contract manager.

Guidance: Energy Company Obligation (ECO): Help to Heat scheme – flexible eligibility

Updated: Addendum to guidance published, providing info on legal requirements / general principles.

Under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Help to Heat flexible eligibility, obligated energy suppliers will be able to use the ‘flexible eligibility’ mechanism for up to 10% of their ECO Affordable Warmth obligation by installing energy saving measures in premises that have been declared eligible by local authorities.

Participating local authorities will have to ensure these are households in private tenure living either in fuel poverty or living on a low income and who are particularly vulnerable to the effects of living in the cold. In addition some non-fuel poor homes will be allowed for solid wall insulation projects, as long as a proportion of the households in the project are in fuel poverty or living in the cold.

This guidance is aimed at local authorities and provides templates for the local authorities’ statement of intent and declarations, as well as guidance on the targeting of households.

Guidance: Contracts for Difference exemption: electricity supply estimates

This note sets out the latest estimates of electricity supplied to Energy Intensive Industries (EIIs) who will be eligible for the exemption from the indirect costs of Contracts for Difference (CFD).

We launched a consultation setting out how we propose to implement this exemption. As part of the consultation, licensed energy suppliers asked for more clarity about the volume of electricity supplied eligible for the exemption.

Guidance: Contracts for Difference: standard terms and conditions, version 2, March 2017

These are the CFD Standard Terms and Conditions and front-end CFD Agreements issued by the Secretary of State on 13 March 2017 for the second CFD Allocation Round.

Each CFD Contract issued in the second Allocation Round will comprise two components:

  • The specific front-end CFD Agreement; and
  • The Standard Terms and Conditions.

The generic CFD Agreement forms the front section of the CFD Contract and contains project-specific information that tailors the application of the Standard Terms and Conditions. CFD Applicants should select this CFD Agreement, unless one of the other published variations is required, i.e. the phased (apportioned and single metering) terms and private network terms.

Changes have been made to the versions used in the first allocation round following the public consultations in 2016 and 2015.

We have also published a note explaining the changes to the CFD Standard Terms further to regulation 4(i) of the Contracts for Difference (Standard Terms) Regulations 2014 (as amended).

Guidance: Woodfuel guidance version 2

This woodfuel guidance sets out the land criteria for those producing heat and electricity from woodfuel. The first edition of the Woodfuel Guidance, published in 2014, stated that generators and participants must comply with the Timber Standard’s sustainability principles.

These principles have since been written directly into the Renewables Obligation Order 2015 and the Renewable Heat Incentive Regulations 2011 (as amended) and are incorporated into the Contract for Difference and Investment Contracts. Version 2 of the Woodfuel Guidance contains some re-referencing and some minor changes to the terminology to account for this change. To improve the clarity of the guidance some other minor changes have been made to the ordering and phrasing but the intention was to avoid substantial changes to the recommended sustainability practices set out in the first edition of the guidance.

To avoid confusion around terminology, references to ‘woodfuel criteria’ now refer to ‘woody biomass land criteria’ and ‘Timber Standard Category A and B’ now refers to ‘Biomass Category A and B’.