LGA responds to PAC report concerns over LEP spending and accountability

“With recent research carried out by the LGA revealing that just 20 per cent of people know that their LEP exists or what it is responsible for, this report shows that councils are right to be concerned that the Government does not fully recognise the stretched capacity of individual LEPs to carry out their work or meet new governance standards."


Lovat Lane, London

Responding to the Public Accounts Committee on Local Enterprise Partnerships, which have received over £12 billion in growth funding from government, Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s People and Places Board, said:

“The substantial levels of growth funding awarded to Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) not only places real emphasis on local capacity to deliver desperately needed investment in infrastructure and skills training, but also underlines the importance of clear democratic accountability.

“With recent research carried out by the LGA revealing that just 20 per cent of people know that their LEP exists or what it is responsible for, this report shows that councils are right to be concerned that the Government does not fully recognise the stretched capacity of individual LEPs to carry out their work or meet new governance standards.

“The announcement of additional LEP capacity funding for 2018-20 is a positive step, but with Local Enterprise Partnerships expected to play a central role in the delivery of the UK Shared Prosperity fund, the Government needs to go further and ensure that local arrangements for delivering future funding for growth are placed on a sustainable, democratically accountable and effective footing.”

Notes to editors

  • Working with the Cities and Local Growth Unit, the LGA has commissioned a comprehensive support offer to councils looking to play an active role supporting Local Enterprise Partnerships and Combined Authorities in the development of a Local Industrial Strategy. 
  • The LGA’s #CouncilsCan campaign aims to influence the forthcoming Spending Review and highlight the growing risk to vital local services if the Government does not take action to secure the financial sustainability of councils. Visit our campaign page for more information -

 


#CouncilsCan

#CouncilsCan: Spending Review 2019
 

With the right funding and powers, councils can continue to lead local areas, improve residents’ lives, reduce demand for public services and save money for the taxpayer. Securing the financial sustainability of local services must be the top priority for the Spending Review.

Find out more