Posted by: John Brace | 13th August 2019

What was the “Atlantis – Motorways of the Sea” project and how was the £264,912.50 grant funding the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority from INEA for it spent?

What was the “Atlantis – Motorways of the Sea” project and how was the £264,912.50 grant funding the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority from INEA for it spent?

                                            

266 Merseytravel LCRCA invoice March 2019 Atlantis Final Reconciliation Page 1 of 3

266 Merseytravel LCRCA invoice March 2019 Atlantis Final Reconciliation Page 1 of 3

AGRESSO Document Page 1 of 3

266

PROFORMA INVOICE

Payment by BACS

Name Sefton MBC

Address Corporate Finance & ICT
Magdelen House
Trinity Road

Post Code L20 3NJ

Immediate Payment

20 MAR 2019

DETAILS OF PAYMENT

Atlantis – Motorways of the Sea – Final Payment

NET AMOUNT 21,150.00
VAT
TOTAL AMOUNT 21,150.00

SECTION SO

YR

VERIFIED
AUDIT XXXXXXXXXXXXXX
FINANCE XXXXXXXXXXXX

AUTHORISED Via Agresso

Value of VAT
VAT 0.00

Account Code 70803
Cost Centre AG005
Attribute 4 ES008
Attribute 5 CAT04
Amount £ 21,150.00

21,150.00

CHECK TRUE

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266 Merseytravel LCRCA invoice March 2019 Atlantis Final Reconciliation Page 2 of 3

266 Merseytravel LCRCA invoice March 2019 Atlantis Final Reconciliation Page 2 of 3

AGRESSO Document Page 2 of 3

266

(Liverpool City Region Enterprise Partnership logo)

(ATLANTIS logo)

(Liverpool City Region Combined Authority logo)

(European Commission logo)

MOBILITY AND TRANSPORT

Atlantis – (INEA) Grant Claim Form – Liverpool City Region

Name of Project

Name of Claimant: Sefton MBC

Oct 16 – Dec 16

Total Eligible Grant to Date 21,150.00

Total Grant Claimed This Month 21,150.00

Balance carried fwd 12,690.00

Paid at 40% 8,460.00

I apply for payment of grant as calculated above. I certify that appropriate investigations and checks have been carried out and the above claimed amount has been confirmed as eligible and due in accordance with the applicable monitoring and evaluation framework and all other terms and conditions that apply to the grant. Any spend incurred has complied with the relevant contract procedure rules as applicable to Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council, as the recipient.

Signed XXXXXXX
Chief Internal Auditor XXXXXXX
Name XXXXXX
Date 11 April 2018
Contact telephone number 0151 934 XXXX

(151 officer)
Name XXXXXXXX
Date 11 April 2018
Contact telephone number 0151 934 XXXX

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15/03/2018 11:24

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266 Merseytravel LCRCA invoice March 2019 Atlantis Final Reconciliation Page 3 of 3

266 Merseytravel LCRCA invoice March 2019 Atlantis Final Reconciliation Page 3 of 3

AGRESSO Document
Page 3 of 3
266

ATLANTIS FINAL RECONCILIATION

Income Received from INEA

Date amountExchange Rate£Amount
29/12/2015128,402.071.292013£99,381.41
21/10/2016103,084.201.132771£91,001.80
18/03/201988,443.911.186700£74,529.29
Total319,930.18£264,912.50
639,860.36529,825.00
Signed Claims          
Grant RecipientTotal SpendGrant at 50%Payment MadeBalance Outstanding
LEP£171,351.06£85,675.53£34,273.62£51,401.91
LCRCA£149,609.67£74,804.84£-£74,804.84
St Helens£90,496.52£45,248.26£3,788.40£41,459.86
Sefton£42,300.00£21,150.00£-£21,150.00
Halton£81,722.00£40,861.00£16,344.40£24,516.60
TOTAL£535,479.25£267,739.63£54,406.42£213,333.21
Master Claim Submitted to INEA
Grant Recipient201420152016&2017Total SpendDiscrepancy
LEP£4,645.83£41,221.75£125,483.48£171,351.06£-
LCRCA£149,609.67£149,609.67£-
St Helens£18,942.02£71,554.50£90,496.52£-
Sefton£42,300.00£42,300.00£-
Halton£81,722.00£81,722.00£-
TOTAL£4,645.83£60,163.77£470,669.65£535,479.25£-
Final Actuals after inelligable expenditure removed
Grant RecipientTotal SpendGrant at 50%Payment MadeBalance Outstanding
LEP£157,563.65£78,781.83£34,273.62£44,508.21
LCRCA£149,609.67£74,804.84£-£74,804.84
St Helens£90,496.52£45,248.26£3,788.40£41,459.86
Sefton£42,300.00£21,150.00£-£21,150.00
Halton£81,722.00£40,861.00£16,344.40£24,516.60
TOTAL£521,691.84£260,845.92£54,406.42£206,439.50
Total Received£264,912.50
Additional£4,066.58

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During the 30 day inspection period for the 2018-19 financial year I requested further detail on a £21,150 payment made to Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA). This was part of a wider collaborative journalism project with the Bureau Local (The Bureau of Investigative Journalism) looking at how local public bodies spend public money. You can see the 3 A4 pages I was supplied in relation to that payment above.

The £21,150 was to grant fund 50% of a project called “Atlantis – Motorways of the Sea” – in total the LCRCA had received European funding of €319,930.18 (£264,912.50) which was split between expenditure (in order of size) with the Liverpool City Region LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership), LCRCA itself, St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council, Halton Borough Council and Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council.

The European Commission funding came through the INEA (Innovation and Networks Executive Agency) and was part of the CEF (Connecting Europe Facility) Transport Programme. It was for a project that ran between January 2014 and April 2017 and the beneficiaries of funding were the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (United Kingdom), Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie Métropolitaine de Bretagne Ouest (France) and APDL – ADMINISTRAÇÃO DOS PORTOS DO DOURO, LEIXÕES E VIANADO CASTELO, S.A. (Portugal). The latter two organisations translate roughly as the Chamber of Commerce and Metropolitan Industry of Western Brittany (this organisation was the coordinator) and APDL (Administration of Douro, Leixão and Vianado Castelo) Public Company.

The project’s aim (according to this page on INEA’s website) was to have the three ports of Brest (France), Leixoes (Portugal) and Liverpool (UK) work together to prepare for Ro-Ro (roll-on, roll-off) and Lo-Lo (lift-on, lift-off) services including rail freight links at the ports specifically in relation to the freight route on the Atlantic Ocean between the three ports of Brest, Leixoes and Liverpool.

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