Published: 23rd Oct 2019

Two leading think tanks have called on the government to fast-track more local industrial strategies in order to help regions move to a zero-carbon economy. In a report published today (23 October), Localis and Green Alliance have warned areas with the greatest need of economic revival are at risk of missing out because of the slow rollout of local industrial strategies. Local industrial strategies were first put forward by the government in November 2017. At the time, the government said it pledged to prioritise areas with the ‘potential to drive wider regional growth’. Since then, seven local industrial strategies have been published – West Midlands, Greater Manchester, West of England, Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and South East Midlands. Today’s report calls on the government to reaffirm its commitment to local industrial strategies with clean, climate-resilient growth at their core. For example, it recommends giving local and combined authorities more powers to … (To read the full article, subscribe below)