As Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) submit the first draft of their strategic economic plans to Government in December, and subsequently begin negotiating for ‘Local Growth Deals’ including a share of the Single Local Growth Fund (SLGF), there has been renewed interest in gauging the likely success of the Government’s devolution policies. Given their acknowledged infancy and levels of variation across the country, how can LEPs ensure that they have the credibility and capacity to deliver? With several Government departments taking an interest in this policy area and a commitment made to negotiate with every LEP area during this parliament, does Government have the capacity and the political will to take an ambitious and joined up approach to devolving power and resources, whilst still ensuring value for money? And with LEPs taking on more powers and responsibilities, are there adequate arrangements in place for LEPs to work with existing growth-focused institutions and for local communities to hold them to account? This briefing provides a concise roundup of recent and forthcoming events and thinking related to LEPs, local growth deals and the devolution agenda.
This briefing is relevant to councillors and officers across all areas and all tiers of local government, particularly those involved with planning, transport, employment and skills, economic development and scrutiny.
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