Regional development agencies and the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill - Business and Enterprise Committee Contents


GLOSSARY

BERR — Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform. The Government department which has responsibility for regional development agencies.

CLG — 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 Bill.

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 the Report.

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 2008.

Regional assemblies — 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 the Report.

Regional Development Agencies Act 1998 — Legislation which established the RDA structure of regional governance.

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.

Regional Strategy — 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 Report.

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.



 
previous page contents next page

House of Commons home page Parliament home page House of Lords home page search page enquiries index

© Parliamentary copyright 2009
Prepared 13 March 2009