Ed Miliband recently announced plans to devolve more resources to cities and local areas including support for the 39 local enterprise partnerships (Leps) – the key vehicle tasked with local economic growth.  However, recent work by the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), highlights how Leps have some work to do before short term economic growth priorities translate into longer term social improvements. In an investigation into the economic resilience of the 39 Lep areas, the report reveals that many lack a social focus and have generic plans and narrow perspectives in terms of the inputs needed for economic and place success. In short, many Lep areas lack long term resilience in the face of ongoing and future social, environmental and economic challenges. The work, which uses a variant of the CLES resilience model, ranks all 39 Leps according to their ability to adopt a ‘whole place’ approach, which advances … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Neil Mclnroy
Neil McInroy is chief executive of the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES)