Published: 25th Jul 2018

The Government has published plans to reform Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and tackle overlapping boundaries. On the last day of Parliament, before MPs head off for the summer recess, ministers published a new report, which promises to reform LEPs’ ‘leadership, governance and accountability’. The report includes plans to introduce a requirement for women to make up at least one third of LEP boards by 2020, with the expectation of equal representation by 2023. And it also includes a mandate for LEPs to submit proposals for revised geographies including removing any situations in which 2 LEP geographies overlap. The paper also includes a commitment to provide up to £20m of additional funding between 2018 to 2019 and 2019 to 2020 to support the implementation of these changes and the development of local economic strategies, as part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy. ‘This publication of the Strengthened Local Enterprise Partnerships policy represents a step … (To read the full article, subscribe below)