Will Brexit affect CHART?
As with all other areas of the council the CHART programme has been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Some CHART team activities have been refocussed to help support our communities and businesses. As a result there may be a delay in receiving a response to any enquires you make.
We are talking with the UK Managing Authorities about the disruption the current crisis has on all projects and services and have asked for their guidance on how we should proceed. We are also putting together a response to ensure CHART funds can be used in the most effective way that will help all communities and businesses recover.
We understand partners will be experiencing disruption to project plans and we are in contact with them to understand the current picture and how they might adapt to future need. We would ask you continue to deliver your projects as best as possible but record any adaptations and changes.
We will be in touch when we receive direction from the UK Managing Authorities who, for your information, are also awaiting direction from the EU Funding bodies.
In the meantime please bear with us during this period of uncertainty
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If the UK is unable to access EU funding as a result of leaving the EU without a deal, the Chancellor announced in August and October 2016 that the government would guarantee certain EU projects agreed before we leave the EU in order to provide more certainty for UK organisations over the course of Brexit. This guarantee included all ERDF projects which CHART is part of.
In July 2018 the government extended the guarantee so that it would cover all projects that would have been funded by the EU under the 2014-2020 programme period, including all ERDF projects. The extension means that the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the devolved administrations, and HM Government of Gibraltar, will continue to sign new ERDF projects after Brexit until programme closure.
The guarantee provides additional certainty to communities, businesses and local partners, guaranteeing investment in growth up to the end of the current ERDF programme period, in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
Beneficiaries and organisations should continue applying for and delivering funding under current arrangements, with confidence that the funding guarantee applies if there is no negotiated agreement between the UK and the EU.
How the guarantee will work
In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, ERDF managing authorities in the UK would continue their current roles. Projects delivered through the guarantee would be managed largely following existing processes, including appropriate audit, monitoring and evaluation arrangements that ensure that spending delivers good value for money and fits domestic strategic priorities. Recipients of funding would be notified of any changes by the appropriate managing authority.
Actions for UK organisations in approved projects and applicants for funding
The government's guarantee ensures certainty of funding before and after the UK has left the EU.
UK organisations in approved projects should continue delivering activity as contracted and carry on making claims for payment promptly.
Applicants seeking funding for new projects should respond to information provided by the appropriate managing authority.
Will Brexit affect CHART?