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Beneficiary organisations should always request `preferred evidence’ in the first instance. Alternative evidence or risk-based exceptions must not be used ahead of preferred evidence for reasons of convenience or simplicity.

Table 1: Preferred evidence for assessing ESF participant eligibility







(only one item from list required)

Basic rules to participate in the ESF programme


Legal right to live and work in the UK

during the period of ESF



·       Full passport (EU Member)

·       ID cards from citizens from other EU Countries

·       Full passport (not EU Member State):

Ø  Passport either endorsed `indefinite leave to remain –proceed (settled status) or

includes work or residency permits or visa stamps (unexpired) and all related conditions met

Ø  Some non-EEA nationals have an Identity Card issued by the Home Office in place

of a visa, confirming the individual’s right to stay, work or study in the UK – these cards are acceptable

•    Letter from the UK Immigration and Nationality Directorate granting indefinite leave to remain (settled status)

•    Birth / adoption certificate (EU Member State)

•    Residency permits for foreign nationals (usually in a passport)

•    Marriage/civil partnership certificate (if partner has legal right to live in the UK and this can be evidenced).

Unemployment Only for people

who do not work

·       DWP/Jobcentre Plus benefits

decision notification letter (for example JSA or new-style JSA) – new claims award / decision or change of circumstances decision letter.

•     Written confirmation / referral from DWP/Jobcentre Plus or a referral from Careers Service or similar.

Where an individual is not engaged with DWP/Jobcentre Plus: written confirmation from a relevant third party that has been assisting the individual and so understands their current circumstances (for example, NGO, voluntary organisation, charity, third sector / not for profit organisation, social services or other professional providing support and guidance etc.) – but must be independent of the ESF project management and delivery team



·       Economically


• Only for people

who do not work

·       Economic inactivity refers to people who are neither in employment nor `actively seeking work’ (unemployed). The Managing Authority recognises that trying to obtain evidence to `prove a negative’ is likely to be difficult. Evidence of being receipt of new-style ESA (such as a correspondence from DWP) would be acceptable evidence of inactivity Jobcentre).

·       A 3rd party referral may also be acceptable as evidence if it is consistent with requirements set out in this guidance.

Self-certification is the minimum acceptable evidence requirement for economic inactivity. It is important that any self-certified evidence is provided in line with the current 4-step verification methodology and self-certification guidelines

Age Minimum age;

maximum age;

age ranges

Birth certificate

• Full or provisional driving licence

(must be photo card)

• Full passport

• National Identity Card (EU)

• Northern Ireland voter’s card

• Employment contract / payslip (if date of birth is quoted)

• Pension statement (if date of birth is quoted)

• Evidence that in receipt of age-related state benefits

• Letter/ confirmation from educational institution (if


• Firearms certificate / Shotgun licence

Address /


location of

individual (YEI

and projects

specifying that


must live in a




Please note that the

`category of region’

applies to the location of the ESF `operation’ and not the home address of the participant. For the purposes of recording and reporting headline

MI data, the participant’s data will

be linked to the appropriate ESF

operation and its

category of region.


• Letter / confirmation from home owner (family / lodging)

• Either a provisional or full driving licence (EU) (but has to be the photo card)

• Recent statement from bank / building society / credit card company / credit union

• Evidence of registration on electoral roll

• Benefits / State Pension notification letter

• Recent utility bill or council tax demand / correspondence

Tenancy agreement / documents

• Mortgage statement / correspondence

• HMRC correspondence

• Rent card / statement

• Solicitors correspondence


How will your project deliver the intended results? Explain here more detail about the project, why is this the right intervention for the identified participants to achieve the intended results.  Explain how the people or community accessing your services are disadvantaged. How do you know that people in your community want this project/activity? How will your local community benefit from this project? Have the participants already been identified? How will you recruit to the project?