Driving local economic growth – LGA development support for councils

Many councils are already doing a great deal to drive local economic growth. However, the different nature of economic challenges faced and levels of capacity can affect the ability of councils to lead on creating conditions for growth.

The following local economic growth support ‘offers' are available to councils:

Member development
Workshops and support to elected members focusing on leadership roles and working with the private sector.

Local authority officer support
Support to local authority officers focusing on new techniques for promoting growth, financing and resourcing opportunities, and supporting the council's leadership role.

Details of planned events will be listed here as soon as they are confirmed.

For further information you can email: Kamal Panchal

Peer challenge
As part of the Local Government Association (LGA)'s ‘Taking the lead' offer to the sector, all councils are entitled to a Corporate peer challenge, tailored to local needs. Some councils have identified local growth and the economy as priority areas.

For more information go to our 'Taking the lead' webpage (below) or you can email: Andy Bates

Taking the lead webpage

Online support
The LGA facilitates the exchange of information, problem solving and enabling peer support through the new, free Knowledge Hub resource. There are a number of dedicated economy and transport-related Knowledge Hub ‘groups' (registration required) including:

Driving Local Economic Growth KHub Group

High streets

For more information visit the Knowledge Hub or email: Craig Titterton

Knowledge Hub

Showcasing good practice
We are always looking for more examples of how councils deliver local economic growth. If you have a case study of how your local authority has enabled local growth, please get in touch.

For more information visit the LGA Local Growth webpage (below)  or you can email the local growth campaign or Craig Titterton

LGA Local Growth webpage

As part of this focus we will also be taking learning from the joint LGA and the British Property Federation pilots working to develop innovative approaches to help create resilient and strong local economies.

For more information: Pre-Budget submission from LGA and the British Property Federation

Capital Asset Pathfinder programme
The LGA, working closely with Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), has funded support to 26 councils under (CAP). The Government and councils involved are now keen to shift towards initiatives that deliver economic growth as well as drive deficit reduction.

You can find more information on the LGA capital assets webpage (below) or email our productivity team.

LGA capital assets webpage

The Planning Advisory Service
The Planning Advisory Service (PAS) provides consultancy and peer support, learning events and online resources to help local authorities understand and respond to planning reform.

The range of support PAS provides includes:

For more information visit the

Planning Advice Service website

12 January 2016

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