Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform. The
Government department which has responsibility for regional development
Department for Communities and Local Government. The Government
department which has responsibility for local authorities and
has introduced the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction
Economic Prosperity Boards (EPBs)
The statutory sub-regional authorities for economic development
proposed by Part 6 of the Bill and intended to promote sub-regional
collaboration. These were referred to as statutory sub-regional
partnerships in the Government's original SNR document published
in July 2007 and Economic Improvement Boards in the Government's
revised SNR proposals published in November 2008. See chapter
6 of the Report.
Local authority economic assessment duty
Proposal put forward in the SNR and Part 4 of the Bill.
The proposed duty will require local authorities to undertake
an assessment on the economic circumstances and challenges of
their local economy. See chapter 5 of the Report.
Local authority leaders' boards (LALBs)
The statutory body established under clause 66 of the Bill made
up of representatives from district and county councils and, where
appropriate, National Park and the Broads authorities. Clause
67 provides that leaders boards within a region and the corresponding
RDA constitute the 'responsible regional authorities'. Under clause
68, the responsible regional authorities are responsible for the
revision of the single integrated regional strategy. These were
referred to local authority leaders' forums in the Government's
original SNR document published in July 2007. See chapter 4 of
Local authority leaders' forums (LALFs)
The statutory body proposed in the Government's initial
SNR document published in July 2007 as the body which would agree
the single integrated regional strategy drafted by RDAs. It was
also proposed that LALFs would have a scrutiny function over RDAs.
The Government's proposals for this body were revised following
the Government's consultation on its initial SNR proposals during
which the body was re-named the Local Authority Leaders Boards
(LALBs). See chapter 4 of the Report.
Local Democracy, Economic Regeneration and
Construction Bill The Government
Bill which seeks to give effect to many of the SNR proposals.
Part 4 relates to local authority economic assessments; Part 5
to regional strategies; Part 6 to economic prosperity boards and
combined authorities; and Part 7 to Multi-area agreements. The
Bill had its first reading in the House of Lords on 4 December
There are eight regional assemblies which have responsibility
for the Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS). The majority of regional
assembly members are from local authorities, with approximately
30% from other backgrounds. Under the SNR proposals, regional
assemblies will be abolished and the RSS will merge with the Regional
Economic Strategy (RES) to create a single integrated regional
strategy. The single integrated regional strategy will be the
joint responsibility of RDAs and LALBs. See chapter 4 of the Report.
Regional development agencies (RDAs)
Established by the Regional Development Agencies Act 1998,
there are eight English RDAs and the London Development Agency
(LDA). See Annex A for the RDAs' boundaries. BERR's website states
that "their primary role is as strategic drivers of regional
economic development in their region. The RDAs aim to co-ordinate
regional economic development and regeneration, enable the regions
to improve their relative competitiveness and reduce the imbalance
that exists within and between regions." See chapter 2 of
Regional Development Agencies Act 1998
Legislation which established the RDA structure of regional
Regional Economic Performance Public Service
Agreement (REP PSA) PSAs
set out the Government's key priority outcomes. The Regional Economic
Performance PSA sets out the goal to "improve the economic
performance of all English regions and reduce the gap in economic
growth rates between regions". See paragraph 14 of the Report.
Regional economic strategies (RES)
The regional economic planning strategy, currently the
responsibility of RDAs. The Bill proposes that the RES will merge
with the Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS) in each region to form
a new regional strategy, which will be the joint responsibility
of RDAs and local authorities. See chapter 4 of the Report.
Regional select and grand committees
Established by the House of Commons on 12 November 2008.
Regional select committees shall "examine regional strategies
and the work of regional bodies for each of the English regions"
(Standing Order Rule 152F). Regional grand committees will be
created for each of the English regions (Standing Order Rule 117A).
See chapter 4 of the Report.
Regional spatial strategies (RSS)
The regional spatial planning strategy, currently the
responsibility of Regional Assemblies. The Bill proposes that
the RSS will merge with the Regional Economic Strategy (RES) in
each region to form a new regional strategy, which will be the
joint responsibility of RDAs and local authorities. See chapter
4 of the Report.
Sometimes referred to as the single integrated regional
strategy in the SNR documents, Part 5 of the Bill proposes that
the Regional Strategy will replace the existing Regional Economic
Strategy (RES) and Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS). Clause 65
of the Bill provides that there shall be a regional strategy for
each region which will set out the policies in relation to sustainable
economic growth (clause 65(2)(a)) and the development and use
of land (clause 65(2)(b)) in the region. See chapter 4 of the
Review of sub-national economic development
and regeneration (sub-national review or SNR)
Government proposals to reform the economic development
and regeneration policy making and delivery at sub-national level.
The SNR began in July 2007 with the publication of the Government's
proposals in the Review of sub-national economic development and
regeneration. In March 2008, the Government launched its consultation
on the proposals in its document Prosperous Places: taking forward
the review of sub-national economic development and regeneration.
The Government published its revised proposals in November 2008
in Prosperous Places: taking forward the review of sub-national
economic development and regeneration - The Government response
to public consultation. See chapter 3 of the Report.
Single integrated regional strategy
see Regional Strategy.
Single pot budget
Funding mechanism for RDAs whereby the funds from the
contributing departments are pooled together. The Departments
for BERR, CLG, DIUS (Innovation, Universities and Skills), DEFRA
(Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), DCMS (Culture, Media and
Sport) and UKTI (UK Trade and Investment) fund RDAs.