Local Enterprise Partnerships
Frustration bubbles over wait for Brexit bonanza
The Government runs the risk of ‘levelling up everywhere at rock bottom’ as uncertainty continues to reign over funding for the regions months after Brexit.
LEPs need capacity boost to improve delivery, research finds
Local enterprise partnerships (LEP) would be better at delivering large-scale capital projects if they had more capacity, independent research for the Government has found.
Government reaffirms support for LEPs
The Government has reaffirmed its support for local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) ahead of this autumn’s local recovery and devolution White Paper.
LEP Network comes out fighting ahead of White Paper
The chair of the network that supports local enterprise partnerships (LEP) has come out fighting amid fears the future of the organisations could be at risk.
Jenrick appeal for shovel-ready schemes
Communities secretary Robert Jenrick has urged local areas to submit ideas for ‘shovel-ready’ schemes that could be boosted by government funding.
Call for growth deal to cover funding gap
A £3bn growth deal is needed to avoid a gap in the delivery of capital projects while the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) is introduced, the organisation representing local enterprise partnerships (LEP) has said.
Greater Birmingham LEP: Let councils decide boundaries
A West Midlands local enterprise partnership (LEP) has told ministers the decision on future boundaries should lie with councils.
EXCLUSIVE: Ministers to redraw LEP boundary map if edict ignored
Ministers have told local enterprise partnerships (LEP) they will redraw the boundary map early in 2020/21 if they fail to reach a deal on removing overlaps.
Second Yorkshire LEP succumbs to Government overlap pressure
A second Yorkshire local enterprise partnership (LEP) has bowed to government demands and agreed to reshape its geographical remit to remove overlapping boundaries.
LEPs start to buckle after overlap threat
Local enterprise partnerships (LEP) are finally succumbing to a threat by ministers to withhold funding from them if they refuse to remove overlapping boundaries.
Why every local council should commit to a Green New Deal
There has never been a greater need to decarbonise, argues Cllr Elaine Hills. She says wise investments by councils can drive economic and societal change, and the Green New Deal proposal for Brighton & Hove City Council 'aims to do just that'.
EXCLUSIVE: Ministers in fresh LEP overlap threat
Ministers have again threatened to withhold funding from local enterprise partnerships (LEP) that fail to remove overlapping boundaries, The MJ has learnt.
Devolution to 'level up' economic fortunes - report
A think-tank has called on ministers to further embrace local government devolution in order to level up the economic fortunes of the country.
EXCLUSIVE: Funding withheld from LEPs
Five local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) have had capacity funding withheld in 2019/20 because they have not resolved overlaps, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has confirmed.
EXCLUSIVE: Core Cities' £28bn Shared Prosperity Fund warning
The proposed UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) must be worth at least £28bn over seven years if the UK is to deliver its devolved policy objectives, a leading sector body has warned.
Government remains open to non-mayoral devo deals
The Government remains open to striking devolution deals without the requirement for a directly-elected mayor, The MJ understands.
LEP chairs still waiting for PM meeting
An overdue Prime Minister’s meeting of local enterprise partnership (LEP) chairs has not been scheduled, with Number 10 yet to commit to continuing the twice-yearly gatherings.
EXCLUSIVE: Two LEPs still do not have legal personality
Two local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) have been granted extensions due to ‘exceptional circumstances’ after failing to adopt legal personalities before the April deadline, The MJ has learnt.
Report: Council of the North needed to drive growth
A Council of the North should be created to develop and implement an industrial strategy for the region, a new report has suggested.
Cash to be held back from LEPs unless stalemate broken
Boris Johnson’s new ministers will be tasked with ending the stalemate on overlapping local enterprise partnerships (LEP) after a crunch meeting failed to secure a breakthrough.