Local Enterprise Partnerships

  • Manchester commission will promote putting people before profit

    11 February 2019

    Greater Manchester already has a thriving co-operative sector. The launch of the Greater Manchester Co-operative Commission will explore the real opportunities to tackle the issues that affect residents and businesses, says MP Jo Platt.


  • Give councils without a HRA the chance to build new homes

    06 February 2019

    As the District Councils' Network gets ready for its annual conference, its Stronger Economies spokesman Cllr Mark Crane calls on Government to give councils without a HRA the flexibility to begin a housebuilding programme


  • Keeping up standards

    30 January 2019

    As councils become increasingly commercial, auditors are asking how high standards of governance and accountability can be maintained in a more risky financial climate. Michael Burton reports on a National Audit Office/The MJ round table debate


  • I'm proud to have been a local government chief executive

    23 January 2019

    In her last column for districtview, Sandra Dinneen says she believes that as a sector we underplay the number of truly talented people we have working day in day out to improve outcomes for people and places.


  • LEPs face Government action if they ignore framework

    14 January 2019

    The Government has threatened to withhold or withdraw funding and responsibilities from local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) that fail to comply with a new framework.


  • Regeneration project to continue despite costs doubling to £193m

    07 January 2019

    Birmingham City Council has received the green light to borrow £50m to continue a flagship regeneration project after costs doubled.


  • North East Lincolnshire awards £8m road contract

    03 January 2019

    North East Lincolnshire Council has appointed Colas Siac to construct an £8m link road.


  • Communities need the place-shaping we excel at

    21 November 2018

    Local government hasn't lost its mojo, says Lawrence Conway. Now must be the time when its role is given the recognition and responsibility to help drive the long term plan.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Brokenshire in shared prosperity fund threat

    15 November 2018

    Communities secretary James Brokenshire has threatened to withhold the shared prosperity fund (SPF) from areas that fail to remove local enterprise partnership (LEP) overlaps.


  • The quest for a fairer future

    13 November 2018

    In the run-up to this year’s County Councils’ Network annual conference Simon Edwards looks at the immense challenges facing counties and the campaign for fair funding.


  • Ministers fail to budge on LEP overlaps

    13 November 2018

    Local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) will have to remove overlaps if they want to qualify for cash from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), The MJ understands.


  • The dangers of the 'no overlaps' approach to LEPs

    24 October 2018

    Pursuing a 'no overlaps' approach to district representation on local enterprise partnerships (LEPS) could dilute the understanding of local economies, argues Louise Round.


  • Councillors given devolution warning

    20 September 2018

    The slow pace of the Government’s devolution agenda is having unintended consequences, senior councillors have been told.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Districts facing pressure over LEPs

    19 September 2018

    Government officials have warned district councils could be lumped into local enterprise partnerships (LEP) against their wishes if there is no agreement about removing overlaps, The MJ has learnt.


  • 'LEP review must not erode democratic accountability'

    19 September 2018

    The Government’s review of LEPs is currently being rushed through, with a number of consequences for local authorities across the country.


  • Brum to implement bin strike deal

    17 September 2018

    Beleaguered Birmingham City Council is finally expected to implement the deal that ended an acrimonious bin strike – four months behind schedule.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Brum loses control of £1bn project as costs double

    11 September 2018

    Birmingham City Council has been forced to hand over control of its £1bn city centre regeneration, amid spiralling costs and governance criticisms, The MJ can exclusively reveal.


  • LEPs told to improve ahead of EU funding changes

    06 September 2018

    Fresh concerns have emerged about local enterprise partnerships (LEP) as the Government considers whether to use them to funnel UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) cash.


  • 'Knock-on effects' warning over LEP deadline

    14 August 2018

    A policy expert has added his criticism to the ‘overly-hasty’ September deadline for reformed Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) geographies and warned of ‘knock-on effects’.


  • CIPFA guidance to strengthen finance officer LEP role

    10 August 2018

    Moves to strengthen the role of Section 151 officers in local enterprise partnerships (LEP) have been made by the Chartered Institute for Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).