The first birthday of this initial wave of LEPs provides a good opportunity to reflect on progress towards these goals. How fast are they growing up? Does the evidence suggest they are becoming an effective mechanism for promoting local economic growth?
Cause célèbre or cause for concern? collates details on the activities of the 24 LEPs that have now been established for a year and finds progress is very varied, suggesting that the impact of the LEPs will be equally inconsistent.
If LEPs are expected to drive the Government’s growth agenda, they need the tools to do so. The Government should consider devolving further resources, powers and freedoms to capable LEPs operating at the right scale, for example on transport and skills, and get to grips with underperforming LEPs before it is too late.
LEPs at one year