Cities and local growth Contents

Introduction

The Cities and Local Growth Unit is made up of officials from the Department for Communities and Local Government (the Department) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Together with HM Treasury, they jointly oversee and co-ordinate government’s devolution agenda, and have recently overseen the negotiation and implementation of ten bespoke devolution deals, which devolve powers, funding and responsibilities to local areas. The broad objectives for devolution deals have not been set out in specific terms; however, they are broadly rooted in localism with the professed aims of supporting economic growth, encouraging public service reform and improving accountability.

Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) are central to government’s plans for devolution. Following the abolition of Regional Development Agencies in 2010, 39 LEPs were established as strategic partnerships to bring together the public and private sector, and identify economic priorities in their local areas. Each LEP is designed to represent a functional economic area. In 2014 it was announced that LEPs would be responsible for overseeing locally negotiated Growth Deals from 2015–16 to 2020–21, funded from the £12 billion Local Growth Fund. LEPs are accountable via a nominated local authority, and have signed up to local assurance frameworks that set out the arrangements for ensuring transparency, governance and value for money.





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