Norfolk County Council could soon be employing staff based in France, as part of an unusual deal which would see it manage European grants.

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In a move which supporters say would boost the county’s profile and bring European Union money into Norfolk’s economy, the council is looking to take over the running of a programme which distributes grants in England and France.

Norfolk County Council is vying with Devon County Council to become the programme manager for the France (Channel) - England Interreg Programme, which will award 175m euros of grants for projects from Norfolk to Cornwall, in the UK, and along the northern coast of France.

If the county council is picked to run the programme, it would mean the authority would need to recruit up to 30 people, some of whom would need to be bilingual.

Some of the jobs would be in Norfolk, some in other parts of the UK and some in France.

The county council’s cabinet agreed to submit a bid this week, with officers assuring councillors that there would not be a cost to the authority.

That is because the council can reclaim all employment costs, including salary, employer’s National Insurance contribution and pension contributions, along with an allowance for office costs.

Officers said being involved in such a programme would “significantly enhance the profile of Norfolk in Europe”, increase the skills of its workforce, bring in money to the county’s economy and give the council the heads-up on other funding streams.

If successful, the county council would take over from the Haute Normandie Regional Council in France and run the contract from 2014 until 2020. Officers say they would need a “blanket exemption” to current restrictions on overseas travel because of the need for weekly trips as programme managers.

Sue Whitaker, county council cabinet member for adult social services, welcomed the chance for Norfolk to get involved. She said: “It would enable us to bring in some very skilled people and we need to grasp this opportunity with both hands.”

22 comments

  • It never ceases to amaze me how any article that mentions NCC brings out the worst from an incredibly ill informed and ignorant bunch of trolls. Why does the EDP continue to allow their website to be an outlet for this bunch of idiot’s hot air?

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    Pentney Voice

    Wednesday, June 12, 2013

  • So there's some EU money available and let's recruit some people for the sake of it, why isn't Chlloe Smith on this bandwagon?

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Wednesday, June 12, 2013

  • This is all part of the EU plan which splits up various parts of the UK and combines them with other parts of the EU. I am not sure than any parts of the UK will remain solely UK and the overall long term plan is that more of the EU workings are put through such organisations therefore effectively dismantling sovereign states. If any one thinks that the French will not get to run this set up - get real. It is not going to happen.

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    andy

    Wednesday, June 12, 2013

  • Typically focusing on the wrong things. They should be focusing on getting rid of LC and her sidekicks who have ruined the education service

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    Jacob Burns

    Wednesday, June 12, 2013

  • Fantastic. Another enraged NCC employee flushed out. They get cross easily dont they?

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    alecto

    Wednesday, June 12, 2013

  • A particularly ill-informed comment from "V" there. Of course those jobs would have to be advertised widely as required by the rules. Councillors are ineligible for employment by their authority. C'est normal, hein?

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    Chris Booty

    Wednesday, June 12, 2013

  • V. You are spot on. The amout of jobs that go to relatives, friends, people from other councils. The list goes on. I know someone who went for quite a senior job and was given twenty five minutes of time for an interview and was told he hadn't got the job the following morning having gone in late in the afternoon. He was also the most suitable person in Norfolk for the job. So I know what they are up to. As for this Council doing this particular task, dont you think it would be a good idea if they can walk before they can run? In fact why mess around. They need to be able to take baby steps before they learn to walk. First time I have ever felt sorry for the EU.

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    alecto

    Wednesday, June 12, 2013

  • I didn't realise there existed restrictions on travel to France. I thought we could go there whenever we could afford it. I know a little French and am otherwise totally incompetent so maybe I could get the job. Sorry forgot I'm not a councillor.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, June 12, 2013

  • Norfolk County Council could not organize a social function in an ale house. So if they get it it should be some fun watching.

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    turnover

    Wednesday, June 12, 2013

  • No Alecto, not an NCC employee at all, just somebody who is fed up with all the garbage and hot air being vented here by a tiny minority of ignorant, charmless and witless individuals. There is no intelligent debate going on here, just a lot of self interested drivel.

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    Pentney Voice

    Wednesday, June 12, 2013

  • It never ceases to amaze me how any article that mentions NCC brings out the worst from an incredibly ill informed and ignorant bunch of trolls. Why does the EDP continue to allow their website to be an outlet for this bunch of idiot’s hot air?

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    Pentney Voice

    Wednesday, June 12, 2013

  • It never ceases to amaze me how any article that mentions NCC brings out the worst from an incredibly ill informed and ignorant bunch of trolls. Why does the EDP continue to allow their website to be an outlet for this bunch of idiot’s hot air?

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    Pentney Voice

    Wednesday, June 12, 2013

  • "If the county council is picked to run the programme, it would mean the authority would need to recruit up to 30 people, some of whom would need to be bilingual." Dont expect these jobs to go on general release. They will be given to councillors and council workers relatives.

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    "V"

    Wednesday, June 12, 2013

  • @Chris B. Now try reading my post again. It reads "Councillors and council workers relatives", NOT given to councillors. You now have the ill informed comment, given without reading the post properly. (You must be a council jobsworth).

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    "V"

    Wednesday, June 12, 2013

  • `V`, I`m on your side, but had you phrased it, say, "the jobs will be given to the relatives of councillors and to relatives of council workers", even Booty may have got the drift. It shouldn`t be necessary to be that picky, but where`s there`s no sense there`s no feeling. The cliques will always look after their own.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 13, 2013

  • *** " It never ceases to amaze me how any article that mentions NCC brings out the worst from an incredibly ill informed and ignorant bunch of trolls. " *** . And on cue along comes " nrg " .We have already had " V " , can " sweet cheeks " be far behind ? Keep 'em coming John.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Wednesday, June 12, 2013

  • Well said 'turnover'

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    Jacob Burns

    Wednesday, June 12, 2013

  • Lets hope ukip flex their muscle and put a stop to these highly paid eurocratic wannabe's.

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    nrg

    Wednesday, June 12, 2013

  • I see they are already planning the freebie trips with weekly trips for the programme managers. Haven't they heard of video conferencing ?

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    Reader

    Wednesday, June 12, 2013

  • @alecto. They certainly do. All during working time too. Obviously ideal candidates for sacking as being surplus to requirements. The truth hurts unfortunatly for these council wallers..

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    "V"

    Wednesday, June 12, 2013

  • Pentney - so cross he had to get his message across four times. He must be on paid overtime.

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    alecto

    Wednesday, June 12, 2013

  • It never ceases to amaze me how any article that mentions NCC brings out the worst from an incredibly ill informed and ignorant bunch of trolls. Why does the EDP continue to allow their website to be an outlet for this bunch of idiot’s hot air?

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    Pentney Voice

    Wednesday, June 12, 2013

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